posted on Jun, 30 2012 @ 01:47 PM
The latest from Inciweb:
Date of Origin
Saturday June 23rd, 2012 approx. 12:00 PM
Pike National Forest, El Paso County
Estimated Containment Date
Monday July 16th, 2012 approx. 12:00 AM
Brush, hardwood slash, Mountain shrub, oak, grass, Pinon juniper, Ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, spruce, Limber pine, White pine
Active surface fire with unassisted burning of interior islands. Isolated single and group tree torching. Conditions have been favorable for burnout
to secure line construction.
Two civilian fatalities have been reported by the city of Colorado Springs. Structure damage assesment continues with 346 reported destroyed and 24
damaged. Evacuees were allowed to return late yesterday afternoon and evening to most of the evacuation area in west Colorado Springs. Two large
interior islands to the west of the Air Force Academy burned off late in the afternoon. Thunderstorm outflow winds tested containment lines. Direct
line construction and a small burnout in Division D began early in the morning and is expected to be successful. Spotfires north of Rampart Reservior
are expected to be lined today. Crews worked with Colorado Springs to ensure that all structures that were destroyed present no threat of fire
Crews will strengthen and hold the containment line in Division D. They will also continue to hold the fire south of Monument Creek. Work will begin
in Cascade to reestablish utilities to residents. Assessments will be made regarding power pole replacement in several areas of the fire.
Acres by ownership USFS 13,769, private 3,157. Colorado Springs issued the number of destroyed structures at 346.