by Kirk Woundy
Per Colorado Emergency Management, the hashtag to follow is
#WaldoFire #WaldoCanyonFire, not #PyramidMtnFire (which apparently was a different fire that started last night). But with the confusion between the two, keeping up with both all related hashtags is probably a good idea, at least for a while.
——- ORIGINAL POST, 2:57 P.M. ——-
Whether the information is coming via media or a view of the mountains, people locally are quickly becoming aware of the three-hour-old wildfire that's threatening the western part of the Pikes Peak region.
They're calling it the Pyramid Mountain Fire, though it will mean more to many locals to know that it started in Waldo Canyon and is threatening the Cedar Heights neighborhood to the point that a mandatory evacuation's been ordered. A voluntary evacuation has been announced for all residents west of 30th Street, from Gateway North to Chuckwagon.
As of 3 p.m., the fire appeared to be more than 500 acres.
This being a story that's going to, quite literally, change with the wind, the best way to follow it is probably through television and/or social media.
For instance, while no official word has come out regarding a closure of U.S. Highway 24, TV news is reporting that it appears cars are being turned back on that road.
And here are some Pikes Peak Red Cross tweets on shelters opening locally:
The hashtag being used is #PyramidMtnFire. We'll send tweets with that hashtag through our homepage feed.