UPDATE: 346 homes destroyed by Waldo Canyon Fire



The list of streets has grown from 34 to 35. Here's the full list and meeting details:

Waldo Canyon Fire Impact meeting

A meeting ONLY for residents of the streets below will be held tonight to inform them of the status of their homes.

Tonight, 8 p.m., Gallogly Events Center, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

6 p.m. Busses depart shelters
6 p.m. Check-in opens
8 p.m. Residents meeting begins
9 p.m. Press conference at media staging area with residents from the meeting who will give interviews.

This meeting is for residents of the following streets only. This is NOT a public meeting. Residents should bring identification to gain meeting access. Refreshments will be provided. Counselors will be available.

Note to the media: Media is asked to respect the privacy of residents who may receive devastating news. Meeting participants willing to speak to the media will attend the post-meeting press conference at 9 p.m. at the UCCS media staging area.

Residents of these streets should attend:
§ Trevor Lane
§ Linger Way
§ Rossmere Street
§ Tallesson Court
§ Sandray Court
§ Majestic Drive
§ Ravina Court
§ Regal View Road
§ Stoneridge Drive
§ Heartstone Lane
§ Karamy Court
§ Lionsgate Lane
§ Hot Springs Court
§ Jenner Court
§ Brogans Bluff
§ Darien Way
§ Rayburn Way
§ Braeburn Way
§ Timora Way
§ Mirror Lake Court
§ Wilson Road
§ Harbor Pines Point
§ Yankton Place
§ Chambrey Court
§ Charing Court
§ Ashton Park Place
§ Courtney Drive
§ Vantage Vista Drive
§ Vantage Ridge Court
§ Huffman Court
§ Aubrey Way
§ Van Reen Drive
§ Alabaster Way
§ Lannigan Street
§ Capra Way

——- ORIGINAL POST: 2012-06-28 16:29:00 ——-

Colorado Springs Mayor Bach said at the 4 p.m. news conference that 346 homes were destroyed in the Waldo Canyon Fire, which blasted through 34 streets in the Mountain Shadows area on Tuesday. But fire officials said significant headway was made on the fire today, noting it's now 10 percent contained.

Waldo Canyon Fire
  • File photo
  • The fire before it exploded Tuesday afternoon.

Bach said a meeting at 8 p.m. is for families affected by the fire. "This is going to be a tough evening, but we're going to get through it," Bach said. "Suzie and I are going to lead an effort to bring every resource to these people who have been hurt so badly."

Bach asked the press to show "a little bit of humanity" toward the families. "We will move forward as a city like we never have," Bach said.

Bret Waters, the city emergency management director, said the city is evaluating evacuations. "We expect some significant lifting some mandatory evacuations on the east side of the evacuation zones," he said, but didn't say exactly when that would happen.

Police Chief Pete Carey asked for residents' patience as city officials decide which evacuated areas to release from evacuation. He also noted that officials suspect some criminal activity in the evacuated area and to call 444-7000 to report it, once they're allowed back home. He thought there was an arrest for a burglary but had no details.

The cooler temperatures today along with some rain helped firefighters achieve 10 percent containment.
"We made significant progress today," said U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Jerri Marr. "The weather cooperated today as it has no other day since the fire started" on Saturday.

Rich Harvey, incident commander, added, "We're feeling very confident we made good progress today, very minimal fire growth, and no injuries to the firefighters today."

Although Carey said there are less than 10 people who are unaccounted for, he said police are trying to figure out exactly where they might be.

Springs Deputy Fire Chief Tommy Smith said firefighters usually do two searches of each structure, but haven't been able to do so in the Mountain Shadows area due to the unusual fire conditions. He said those searches will begin tomorrow.

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