Jun 27, 2012 6:43 PM by Paul Kavanaugh

Waldo Canyon Fire: not much new

Not much new information was given at the afternoon news briefing on the Waldo Canyon Fire.

Around 32,500 people remained evacuated as firefighters continue to work structure fires in the Flying W. Ranch and Mountain Shadows neighborhoods. In some cases fire has worked back into some of the same areas hit yesterday. The size of the fire is at 15,324 acres.

Spot fires continue around Blodgett Peak and Stanley.

Erratic winds are causing fire to flare up in some locations. "We are prepared for the fire to move as fast as it did yesterday," said incident commander, Rich Harvey.

No number of structures damaged or destroyed was available but a number may be available in 24 hours.

Authorities want to meet individually with property owners whose homes were damaged or destroyed to share the news in a sensitive way.

Over 70 police officers including members from Aurora, Pueblo, State Patrol, DOC, Ft. Carson, El Paso County Sheriff's Office, FBI the ATF and other agencies are helping to provide safety and traffic direction.

All mandatory evacuations remain in place and now include Woodland Park in areas under voluntary evacuations earlier.

Pre-evacuation orders were ordered for Monument,  Holland Park east of Centennial Blvd and north of Fillmore and north Pleasant Valley west of 30th Street.

City and county activities continue despite firefighting efforts.

The El Paso County Services Center on Garden of the Gods is closed due to the fire and services are being handled at other sites. See the county website for temporary lcoations.





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