Jun 28, 2012 1:05 AM by Greg Boyce
Most of the growth of the Waldo Canyon Fire was on the eastern side of the fire today. It burned actively Wednesday afternoon near Sand Gulch, but did not cross Highway 24. The main concern is the southeast edge near Cedar Heights.
The fire did not progress further into Cedar Heights today, but firefighters continue to work on hot spots in that area. Flames continued near Rampart Reservoir and continues to be a concern.
Thunderstorms passed over Wednesday and brought winds gusting to 63 miles an hour on the southeast side of the fire. Extra moisture in the air will help firefighting efforts. Aircraft will resume drops by 8 a.m. Thursday.
Evacuations and Closures
Currently on mandatory evacuation:
Cascade, Chipita Park, Green Mountain Falls, Crystola
City of Colorado Springs
All areas north of Garden of the Gods Rd. between I-25 to the east all the way to the western City limits and north to the Air Force Academy plus the area north of Fillmore/Fontmore west of Centennial to 30th St.
Air Force Academy
Evacuated areas include all housing areas on the base except the airfield.
An area south of Woodland Park to the county line, as well as an area east of Woodland Park over to Rampart Range Road.
Highway 24 is closed from Cave of the Winds to the Teller County line.
Red Cross Shelters
Lewis Palmer High School (1300 Higby, Monument, CO)
Cheyenne Mountain High School (1200 Cresta Road, Colorado Springs, CO)
Southeast YMCA (2190 Jet Wing Drive, Colorado Springs, CO)
Summit Elementary School, Divide, CO
Evacuees should register on www.redcross.org/safeandwell. Family and friends can check status there and also by phone at (719) 785-2724.
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