More bad news has been released.
They have a confirmed death of a homeowner, and the second occupant from that address is unaccounted for. Our condolences go out to that family for thier terrible loss.
They have containment at 15% now, 16,750 acres have burned.
Last night and this morning they have lifted evacuation orders on the US Air Force Academy housing and some of the residential areas just west of I-25.
They now have 1,118 Fire Fighters, 8 helicopters, 11 bulldozers, 76 fire engines and up to 8 aircraft engaged fighting this fire.
They have announced that today the USAF will bring in more MAAF equipped aircraft.
Aerial support will be utilized today to aid firefighters.
To date 14,154 gallons of retardant and 384,205 gallons of water have been dropped on the Waldo Canyon Fire.
APEX is still open for business!
We are still in a pre-evacuation order area.
Bulldozers will be used to construct contingency lines along Mount Herman Road.
That is to our south and will be a big help in stemming the northern progress of this fire.
It is our hope that no more people loose their lives and homes in this fire.
That is what I know this morning.
This afternoon they announced that the body of second occupant was located in that house.
The fire is now 25% contained.
The reports now state 17,073 acres have burned so far.
The fire has partly surrounded one of the cities main water supply reservoirs.
The utilities spokesman said this may effect the taste and smell of the water.
The pre-evacuation notice has been lifted in Douglas County.
Here is the office word from EL Paso County & the city of Palmer Lake::
PRE EVACUATION NOTICE ONLY
THIS IS THE EL PASO COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE.
TODAY IS JUNE 29th at 4 20 p m.
THIS IS A PRE EVACUATION NOTIFICATION FOR THE AREA NORTH OF THE AIR FORCE ACADEMY, TO THE DOUGLAS-ELPASO COUNTY LINE, WEST OF I TWENTY FIVE.
BE PREPARED TO EVACUATE.
THE SHELTER AREA IS LEWIS PALMER HIGH SCHOOL.
If you have questions, PLEASE CONTACT 7 1 9 9 5 5 0 7 4 2.
THE PHONE CALLS YOU ARE RECEIVING IS JUST A REMINDER THAT WE ARE STILL UNDER THE PRE-EVACUATION NOTIFICATION.
So at APEX the conditions remain the same for all the people who live here.
I hope the situation continues to improve thru the weekend and the pre-evacuation order is lifted before we open on Monday.
There are stll a great many residents in mandatory evacuation zones that are awaiting the word that they can return to their homes. We all hope that they all can return home soon.
Thanks for all of the info. I agree with what others have said: Take care of yourselves and the rest of us will continue to pray for good weather and additional Air Assets.
The situation is much improved..
The fire is now 45% contained.
Highway 24 is now open to Woodland Park.
Many residents (but not all) have been allowed to return to their homes as the evacuation orders get lifted.
The pre-evacuation order has been lifted on Monument & Palmer Lake!
Looks like this coming week APEX will be running sales and planning the move and our people will be less worried about the fire.
Our 1534 fire fighters are still working hard to get the fire contained during these hot, dry days.