COLORADO SPRINGS — Mayor Steve Bach told a morning news conference, "we know hundreds of homes have been destroyed" by the Waldo Canyon Fire.
He said the city is in the process of assessing the areas where homes burned and plans to notify owners on an individual basis starting at noon Thursday. He said officials would be "methodical and careful" in notification.
Some 32,000 people remain out of their homes in and around Colorado Springs. An aerial photograph of the Mountain Shadows neighborhood taken Wednesday shows approximately 300 homes, all of them inside the Colorado Springs city limits, reduced to charred rubble.
The fire started June 23 and has grown to 18,500 acres. The blaze's cause is not known, and the FBI has joined the investigation.
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Some before and after photos of a Mountain Shadows neighborhood from the Denver Post:
There are more before and after pictures at the Denver Post which shows how devastating this Waldo Canyon Fire has been to the residents of Colorado Springs and surrounding areas. Latest estimate of the number of homes destroyed is 300 according to news reports out of Colorado. Today's winds are not as heavy and the temps have dropped about five degrees from yesterday but the latest report still has only 5% containment. Over 30,000 evacuees and the fire is still burning out of control. He came to the edge of the AF Academy burning about 10 acres but did not destroy any structures as of this afternoon. The cadet area at the Academy is not near the fire although there have been evacuations from some of the Academy housing areas.
The Waldo Canyon Fire is threatening not only Colorado Springs and surrounding towns but residences of the Air Force Academy. This video shows how damaging this out of control fire has become:
COLORADO SPRINGS — Tens of thousands of people fled the neighborhoods north and west of Colorado Springs after the Waldo Canyon fire unleashed waves of flames late Tuesday afternoon.
Showers of ash fell as traffic gridlocked on Interstate 25 and all major eastbound roadways, clogged full of evacuees 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.
The evacuations covered the entire area north of Garden of the Gods and west of I-25, 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., more of the academy itself was ordered evacuated.
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