- Posted June 24, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Colorado and Utah wildfires
No Relief in Sight Sunday for Colorado Springs Fire
- stein0726, CNN iReport producer
The Waldo Canyon wildfire in Colorado Springs continued to rage on Sunday. Pike's Peak is totally obscured by billowing clouds of smoke and flame. Smoke and flames are visible from many areas of the city. The containment of the fire is still at zero percent and has burned more than 2500 acres of woodland and residential area. Currently, there are no reports of structural damage or human fatality. The most concerning event of Sunday's fire was the possibility that the fire could turn back toward the west side of Colorado Springs and jump across Highway 24. While evacuations were lifted for the west side of Colorado Springs Sunday, Manitou Springs, a suburb of the Springs which was under mandatory evacuation, is now evacuated at 98%. Highway 24 was closed in both directions along with the Pike's Peak Highway. It appears at this time that the Waldo Canyon wildfire is moving into Teller County, the closest county to border El Paso county to the north and west. At this time, it appears that the most intense area of concern and operations is over the threatened Cedar Heights neighborhood that is just adjacent of The Garden of the Gods Park.