Waldo Canyon Fire

The Waldo Canyon fire was declared 100% contained Tuesday, July 10 at 8 PM. However, smoke will continue to be seen on the fire as the weather gets warmer and dryer, for more information

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NRCS DOCUMENT: WALDO CANYON FIRE REHABILITATION ASSISTANCE

Emergency Watershed Protection Program Q&A

INFORMATIONAL MEETING FOR POST-FIRE FLOOD DANGERS

El Paso County Sheriff’s Office in cooperation with the United States Forest Service, the National Resources Conservation Service and the Town of Cascade is hosting a meeting to provide information to the residents of El Paso County specifically in the area of Cascade, Green Mountain Falls, Chipita Park and the Highway 24 corridor on the potential dangers of post-fire flooding, proper response in case of a flood event and mitigation efforts. Representatives from the agencies mentioned will be providing information on the risks of potential flooding in the Highway 24 corridor. Brochures and handouts containing additional information concerning flood risks, tips for mitigation and insurance will be provided.

Town Hall Meeting
Friday July 13, 2012 6:30 p.m.
Ute Pass Elementary School
9230 Chipita Park Road Chipita Park, CO

Waldo Fire Briefing Map 7-6-12

WaldoCanyon_CO – Fire Information – View Larger Size

Waldo Canyon Fire Progression Map for 7-6-12

WaldoCanyon_CO – Fire Progression Map – View Larger Size

Final Waldo Canyon Soil Burn Severity Map

Final Waldo Canyon Soil Burn Severity Map – View Larger Size (5.9 MB)

Waldo Canyon Fire BAER Assessment Slide Presentation – July 17 (6MB PDF)

Emergency Watershed Protection Fact Sheet

BAER Team Update — July 17, 2012

· The Waldo Canyon Fire (http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2929/) burned within five major watersheds on the Pike National Forest: Headwater Fountain Creek, Cascade Creek-Fountain Creek, Garden of the Gods, West Monument Creek, and Lower Monument Creek watersheds.

· Of the total 18,247 acres burned by the Waldo Canyon Fire, 14,422 acres were national forest land, 3,678 acres were private land, and 147 acres were Department of Defense land.

· On Monday July 16, the Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) assessment team provided its findings to the Pike & San Isabel National Forests, Cimarron & Comanche National Grasslands (PSICC) Forest Supervisor and city, county decision makers, emergency responding authorities, and other state and federal partners.

· The BAER Team’s detailed technical analysis was completed in consultation with interagency cooperating agencies and shared with those agencies to facilitate treatment implementation on non-federal lands.

· The BAER assessment team evaluated soil burn severity and slope topography to identify opportunities for hillslope treatment to reduce the likelihood of erosion, sedimentation and flash flooding for the Waldo Canyon Fire.

· The BAER team the determined the three levels of burn severity of the Waldo Canyon Fire on the soils and watersheds to be: 41% low/unburned severity (7,586 acres); 40% moderate severity (7,286 acres); and 19% high severity (3,375 acres).

· On the areas with moderate to high soil burn severity, they found that mulch treatments may be effective; however, hillslopes with greater than 60% were considered too steep for emergency treatments to be effective.

· The BAER Team also presented its updated Soil Burn Severity (SBS) map (https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ftp/InciWeb/COPSF/2012-06-23-16:51-waldo-canyon-fire/related files/ftp-20120716-204225.pdf)that also displayed the five major watersheds that were burned within the Waldo Canyon Fire.

· The Forest Supervisor will review and forward the plan to the Forest Service Regional and Washington Offices for review and approval of the recommended funding for BAER emergency stabilization treatments of burned watersheds on National Forest System lands.

· Regional and Washington Office review and approval of funding for the emergency stabilization treatments is expected within 7-to-10 days.

· Once the funding is approved, the PSICC will deploy a BAER implementation team to install and implement the prescribed treatments.

· The BAER implementation team will coordinate their emergency stabilization treatments with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Colorado Department of Transportation, El Paso County, and the City of Colorado Springs along with other state and local agencies responsible for flood control and assistance to landowners downstream of burned area federal lands (http://www.co.nrcs.usda.gov/news/pas/2012 Fires/2012 Fires.html).

· NRCS is also working cooperatively with the El Paso County Department of Public Works (DPW) and cities and communities adjacent to and downstream from the Waldo Canyon Fire burned area to evaluate potential threats to specific businesses, homes, and neighborhoods.

· Federal assistance to private landowners is the primary responsibility of the NRCS through the Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) program (http://www.co.nrcs.usda.gov/news/pas/2012 Fires/2012 Fires EWP Assistance.html).

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Fire 100 % Contained, But Expect to See Smoke

The Waldo Canyon fire was declared 100% contained Tuesday, July 10 at 8 PM. However, smoke will continue to be seen on the fire as the weather gets warmer and dryer. Firefighters continue to mop up smokes, monitor, and support utility infrastructure repair. Smoke was not seen in the Blodgett Peak area for over 36 hours. Fire observers will fly the fire periodically to check the fire perimeter as the area dries out from recent rains. A couple of smokes are on a very steep face of Blodgett Peak and are overhanging a flat green area that has not burned. The smoke has been easily seen by residents in the vicinity of the intersection of Woodmen Road and Centennial Blvd. Please DO NOT REPORT those smokes. We will continue to monitor those smokes. If the fire activity drops down the hill to the unburned flat area, we can then safely get firefighters into that location and put it out. One other smoke, visible from the same area, is from an 8 foot deep chip pile that is near a quarry site. The chip pile has burned area all around along with the cleared quarry site so it is not a risk and will slowly burn itself out. Residents may continue to see smoke from that quarry area southwest of Woodmen Road and Centennial Blvd. for many days. We are monitoring that site so please Do Not Report that smoke.

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Waldo Canyon Fire Update Wednesday, July 11, 2012

For Immediate Release: July 11, 2012

Public Information: 719-477-4212

http://www.inciweb.org/ or http://wildlandfires.info/

Fire Facts:

Percent Contained: 100%

Size: 18,247 acres

Cause: Under investigation

Today’s Update:

The Waldo Canyon fire was declared 100% contained yesterday at 8 PM. However, smoke will continue to be seen on the fire as the weather gets warmer and dryer today. Firefighters continue to mop up smokes, monitor, and support utility infrastructure repair. Smoke was not seen in the Blodgett Peak area for over 36 hours. Fire observers will fly the fire periodically to check the fire perimeter as the area dries out from recent rains.

A couple of smokes are on a very steep face of Blodgett Peak and are overhanging a flat green area that has not burned. The smoke has been easily seen by residents in the vicinity of the intersection of Woodmen Road and Centennial Blvd. Please DO NOT REPORT those smokes. We will continue to monitor those smokes. If the fire activity drops down the hill to the unburned flat area, we can then safely get firefighters into that location and put it out. One other smoke, visible from the same area, is from an 8 foot deep chip pile that is near a quarry site. The chip pile has burned area all around along with the cleared quarry site so it is not a risk and will slowly burn itself out. Residents may continue to see smoke from that quarry area southwest of Woodmen Road and Centennial Blvd. for many days. We are monitoring that site so please Do Not Report that smoke.

Firefighters are still working to rehabilitate dozer lines, construct water bars and complete seeding where warranted. Their work is progressing very well.

Closures:

The Pike National Forest Closure Order 12-10 is still in effect in the Waldo Canyon Fire area as well as the area north of the fire where contingency lines were being reinforced. The roads and trails in the following areas are still closed: From Hwy 24 north to Forest Road 322 and from Rampart Range Road east to the Forest boundary near Colorado Springs . Rampart Reservoir and all the lakes within the Forest Closure Order 12-10 are still closed. Please see the Pike and San Isabel Forests website for a map showing the closure area. A new link is shown below. Please see Order 12-10 Waldo Canyon Extended Area Closure Occupancy & Use for the Forest Service Closure and Map:

http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/psicc/alerts-notices

Evacuations:

City/County: Some City evacuations are still in effect but are changing daily. For information go to: http://springsgov.com and/or http://www.elpasoco.com/

One response to “Waldo Canyon Fire

  1. Jack Horner

    Please remove the 719 328-4333 and 719 328-4334 phone numbers from this page. Those phone lines were at the Holmes Middle School Incident Command Post (ICP) when Rich Harvey’s Type 1 team was here. That team has left and the local type 3 team has moved to the Woodland Park High School in Woodland Park, CO. We do not have any hardline phones here so please direct fire information questions to Inciweb site.

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