The Waldo Canyon fire exploded Tuesday afternoon, forcing thousands of people to evacuate as smoke covered the northwest part of the city. Houses were engulfed in flames as evening arrived. The historic Flying W Ranch, west of town, confirmed on its website that the popular site for chuck wagon outings had "burned to the ground." The latest evacuations were for most of northwest Colorado Springs, including Pinon Valley, Rockrimmon and Woodmen valley, home to thousands of residents. The Pine Valley housing area south of the Air Force Academy was evacuated and, about 7:30 p.m., the academy itself was ordered evacuated. Showers of ash fell as traffic gridlocked on Interstate 25 and all major eastbound roadways, clogged full of refugees and fire equipment. Witnesses flooded the internet on Twitter, describing the scene as "an apocalypse" and "terrifying" and posting photos of the city wrapped in a sinister orange and black cloud.
Baumgardner defeats White in Moffat, Routt, Jackson in SD 8 race
Unofficial results from today's Republican primary election have been released by Moffat County election officials. According to those results, Chuck Grobe, a former Hayden mayor, has defeated incumbent Audrey Danner in the race for Moffat County Commission District 2.
State Rep. Randy Baumgardner, of Cowdrey, on Tuesday night won the primary election for the state Senate District 8 seat after leading in all seven district counties.
On the Record for June 26, 2012
(AP) — Firefighters battled to keep a wildfire from burning toward the Air Force Academy and residential areas north of Colorado Springs on Tuesday. The Waldo Canyon fire was 10 to 15 miles from the academy campus Monday, but officials weren't sure if it had moved closer. The fire west of Colorado Springs grew about 1 square mile overnight to 8 square miles. Authorities said a shed was destroyed but no homes have been damaged. About 5,000 people remained evacuated.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife, in cooperation with the Northwest Colorado Outfitters Chapter, Northwest Ready Mix, Safari Club International and Wyman Museum will host the free, family Cast and Blast event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Wyman Museum in Craig. Activities will be taught by Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers and volunteers, and anyone interested learning the basics of shooting, archery and fishing in a fun, family environment is encouraged to participate.
Tree-planting ceremony in Craig recognizes 3-year anniversary
The Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit will recognize today the three-year anniversary of a firefighter who died while in the line of duty, according to a news release. "On June 26, 2009, the firefighting community lost one of our own (while) felling hazard trees in Northwestern Colorado," the release stated. Brett Stearns, an engine captain, died during a hazard tree abatement project at Freeman Reservoir, 15 miles northeast of Craig. He was struck by a falling tree. Stearns was 29.