Tag: Colorado Springs

Waldo Canyon Fire 5 percent contained, at 4,500 acres

Highway 24 and Pikes Peak Highway closed; pre-evacuation notices in parts of Woodland Park and evacuations at Air Force Academy Camp

Waldo Canyon Fire map.
Waldo Canyon Fire map.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Helped by a massive aerial attack, firefighters managed to gain a toehold against the 4,500-acre Waldo Canyon Fire near Colorado Springs. Fire officials said late Monday that the fire is 5 percent contained and estimated full containment by mid-July.

But the flames spread far enough to force a closure of Highway 24, a key east-west corridor in the area, and evacuations at the U.S. Air Force Academy Camp and a Forest Service campground. Continue reading “Waldo Canyon Fire 5 percent contained, at 4,500 acres”

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Colorado: Officials say wildfire mitigation efforts helped save Cedar Heights homes from the Waldo Canyon Fire

Fire within a mile of Highway 24

Waldo Canyon Fire map
The perimeter of the Waldo Canyon Fire based on USGS data from a 10 p.m. infrared overflight. Map courtesy Mark Newby and Black Ice Geospatial. Click to visit the Black Ice website with more maps and GIS information.

SUMMIT COUNTY — Officials at the 3,400-acre Waldo Canyon Fire, near Colorado Springs, said Monday morning they are preparing a more aggressive attack against the fire where possible, and establishing significant fire lines with bulldozers to protect the northern flank, where several spotfires have burned toward Eagle Camp.

“We expect winds out of south … and terrain to be factors  … we have more room to work in that direction,” spokesman Greg Huele said during the morning briefing.

A lake in the area has given firefighters some of the resources they need to install pumps, hoses and sprinklers that could help protect individual structures, according Huele. Firefighters will get some additional help from modified military transport planes equipped to drop water or fire retardant. The C-130s started flying missions mid-day. Continue reading “Colorado: Officials say wildfire mitigation efforts helped save Cedar Heights homes from the Waldo Canyon Fire”

Waldo Canyon Fire: Manitou Springs residents return home

More firefighters pouring into Colorado; military tanker planes to help battle blazes starting Monday

The Waldo Canyon Fire in a map posted by http://www.inciweb.org Sunday morning.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — The Waldo Canyon Fire, burning west of Colorado Springs, grew to at least 3,600 acres Sunday, but firefighters were able to protect at-risk structures from the flames that sometimes burned as near a a quarter miles to homes.

As of 9:15 p.m. Sunday evening, the fire was reported at 3,600 acres and zero containment.

Real-time information is streaming on Twitter at the #WaldoCanyonFire hashtag, and from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office at @EPCSheriff, as well as @springsgov.

Several thousand Manitou Springs residents who were evacuated as the fire intensified Saturday were able to return to their homes as of 8 p.m. Sunday evening. Other subdivisions in the Rocky Mountain foothills remained under mandatory evacuation orders. Continue reading “Waldo Canyon Fire: Manitou Springs residents return home”

Colorado: Lawsuit planned to protect threatened trout

Forest Service, Colorado Springs Utility ignore endangered species laws

Greenback cutthroat trout. IMAGE COURTESY U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Rare and threatened greenback cutthroat trout are struggling in Colorado and need every good bit of aquatic habitat they can get. One of the most genetically pure populations lives in the Bear Creek drainage, west of Colorado Springs, but environmentalists say dirt bike riding near the stream poses a serious threat to their survival.

The population of cutthroat trout in Bear Creek is one of a kind and deserves better protection than it’s getting,” said Center for Biological Diversity endangered species director Noah Greenwald, explaining why the conservation group is getting ready to file a lawsuit to try and halt motorized use on the trail.

The Center for Biological Diversity filed formal notices of intent to sue the Pike National Forest and Colorado Springs Utility, charging that they’re not living up to the requirements of the Endangered Species Act to protect listed species. Greenback cutthroat trout have been listed since 1973 and state and federal agencies have made some progress in recovering the species. Continue reading “Colorado: Lawsuit planned to protect threatened trout”

Morning photo: Food, glorious food …

Don’t knock it til you’ve tried it

A tailgate chili-dog cooked at the A-Basin beach tastes as good as any fine cuisine.

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY — Since we’ve been running food-related features for the past few weeks, I thought it would be a good time to go through the archives and post a few pics to whet your appetite. I tried to include a diverse selection to show the amazing variety of things that we ingest to nurture and sustain ourselves — and they’re all equally tasty, including the hot dog above and the fine and fancy desert in the picture below. Meanwhile, don’t forget to check Summit Voice each Thursday or Friday for the latest food features from contributing writer Tom Castrigno, a long-time local chef with a passion for quality. Click here to see his last few stories and don’t hesitate to contact us with ideas for food stories.

A fine assortment of sorbets and chocolate confections at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs.

Continue reading “Morning photo: Food, glorious food …”

Summit County: State of the River 2011

Upper Blue through Breckenridge eyed for potential flooding

Dillon Reservoir may fill a bit later than average this year.

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY — Water managers from both sides of the Continental Divide said all reservoirs will easily fill this year as a record-setting snowpack starts to melt during the next few weeks. In some places, snow levels are at record levels, said Denver Water’s Bob Steger, speaking at the annual State of the River meeting in Frisco.

Rather than worrying having enough, the big concern this year is for the potential of flooding in many local river basins, including the Upper Blue between Hoosier Pass and Breckenridge. where Colorado Springs usually diverts up to 150 cubic feet per second of water through a pipeline under the Continental Divide.

This year, Colorado Springs is working on a rehabilitation project on Montgomery Reservoir, said project engineer Kalsoun Abbasi, explaining that, at the most, Colorado Springs will only be able to divert one-tenth of that amount. Continue reading “Summit County: State of the River 2011”