Jun 27, 2012 10:51 AM by Kirsten Bennett

Pre-evacuation now ordered for southwest Douglas County

Southwest Douglas County is now under pre-evacuation warning as the Waldo Canyon Fire grows to more than 15,000 acres.

The specific area included in this pre-evacuation warning is bounded by the Palmer Divide Road on the south, Noe Road on the north, Spruce Mountain on the east, and Rampart Range Rd.on the west.

Residents in the affected area need to make immediate plans for the evacuation and care of family members and animals. The Douglas County Fairgrounds in Castle Rock can accommodate evacuees and large animals should an evacuation become necessary. Residents are urged to gather important documents, medications, and important personal effects so that they will be immediately available should conditions deteriorate.

Please monitor local news channels for fire updates. If the fire comes dangerously close to your area, an evacuation order will be sent to this same telephone number. However, residents must maintain situational awareness. If you are in danger, DO NOT WAIT for an evacuation order. Take the initiative to leave immediately if local conditions warrant such action.

Please refrain from calling 9-1-1 unless you have an actual emergency. Check the Douglas County Sheriff's Office website, DCSHERIFF.NET, for updates.

Again, this is a pre-evacuation warning for your area. If an evacuation is necessary, residents will need to evacuate to the North.


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