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Colorado Springs Ravaged by Fire

Mandatory Evacuation: Everything N & w of Garden of the Gods Road and I-25 and the Air Force Academy; S of Garden of the Gods Road, west of Centennial Blvd, south to Fillmore St. and Fontmore Road, east of 30th Street, north and west of Gateway Road.

Suburbs of Colorado Springs are on fire. Many homes are lost. Thousands of people evacuated.
Suburbs of Colorado Springs are on fire. Many homes are lost. Thousands of people evacuated.

(WOODLAND PARK, CO) - Colorado Springs is the scene of a massive fire that has threatened residents and led to large evacuations.

The AP reports that the fire has already affected mre than 2,100 residents. They are being evacuated at this time from the U.S. Air Force Academy. Heavy smoke is billowing from this wildfire that has already claimed several homes located near Colorado Springs.

Two housing areas are primarily affected, residents are being asked to evacuate from all of these areas.

Fire information officer Greg Heule told The AP Tuesday, that the fire was less than five miles from the southwest corner of the campus for the Air Force Academy

Officials in Utah say one woman died after returning to her home after being evacuated. Residents are advised to follow the directions of officials and not to underestimate the blaze.

According to the city's Website: (www.springsgov.com)

    Everything north and west of Garden of the Gods Road and I-25 and the Air Force Academy

    South of Garden of the Gods Road, west of Centennial Blvd, south to Fillmore St. and Fontmore Road, east of 30th Street, north and west of Gateway Road.

Colorado Springs Informal and Formal City Council meetings on Monday, June 25 and Tuesday, June 26 have been cancelled. A special meeting will take place at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 27

Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Closures, Cancellations and Relocations
CLOSED:
Pulpit Rock Park - NEW
Section 16 - NEW
Ute Valley Park - NEW
Stratton Open Space - NEW

Red Rock Canyon Open Space
Garden of the Gods Park
Palmer Park
North Cheyenne Canon Park
Pikes Peak Highway and High Drive
Wilson Ranch Pool
Garden of the Gods Visitor’s Center
Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site
Starsmore Discovery Center
Helen Hunt Fall Visitor’s Center
Blodgett Open Space
Wilson Ranch Pool YMCA (Swim lessons will be held at Portal Pool until further notice.)

CANCELELD:
Youth Baseball/T-ball/Softball: Palmer Park, Pinon Valley, Jackson, Westmoor, and Mountain Shadows parks. Remember… all games/activities are voluntary. If parents are concerned on air quality, we understand it’s your right to stay home. Please contact your volunteer coach on your attendance to games this week.

RELOCATED:
Young Stars at Golden Hills will be relocated to Dublin Park until further notice.
Young Stars at Palmer Park will be relocated to Village Green Park until further notice.
Pee Wee Reese teams scheduled to play at Palmer Park (east), will have their games moved to Leon Young, Field 5 from Wednesday, June 27-Wednesday, July 4.
Sandy Koufax teams scheduled to play at Palmer Park (west), will have their games moved to Leon Young, Field 7 from Wednesday, June 27-Wednesday, July 4.

TRANSIT UPDATE

All City buses are running on regular schedules.
Colorado Springs Bike to Work Day on June 27 has been canceled.

REGISTER FOR REVERSE 911
To register a phone number (mobile or land) for reverse 911, go to www.elpasoteller911.org. Only if you need help with online registration, call (719) 471-6700.

DONATIONS/VOLUNTEERING
Pikes Peak Red Cross
www.pparc.org
Money only; will also register volunteers

Care and Share
2605 Preamble Point
Food and non-perishables
M-F, 7 am - 6 pm

Goodwill
www.discovermygoodwill.org
Distributing donations to evacuees as needed

Please DO NOT bring any donations directly to shelters or the incident command post. They cannot handle donations or distribution of them.

Non-emergency assistance and service referrals: Pikes Peak United Way, (719) 955-0742


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