Mercury News | By Jeremy P. Meyer | The Denver Post
Nearly 30,000 people who fled as the Waldo Canyon Fire ripped through their neighborhoods near Colorado Springs on Tuesday night were hoping for good news on Wednesday, but firefighters warned that only 5 percent of the raging wildfire had been contained.
The fire, which started Saturday, has burned 15,324 acres near Colorado’s second largest city, fire officials said this morning. No injuries have been reported.
Overnight flames could be seen burning homes in the Mountain Shadow neighborhoods. With the light of dawn Wednesday, news helicopters reported seeing smoldering foundations.
Colorado Springs Fire Chief Richard Brown told a morning news briefing that homes had been burned overnight, but he declined to give any numbers.
“We’re in an offensive position. We’re doing everything we can to save homes,” he said.
“Don’t be deceived by what you see across the valley,” he said, pointing to the haze of grey smoke hanging above the city. “Our people have been fighting that all night long — they’re fighting while we speak.”
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office issued a pre-evacuation notice Wednesday morning to residents in the southwest part of the county. “The Waldo Canyon fire burning in El Paso County is expanding and poses a threat,” the notification stated.
The affected area is bounded by the Palmer Divide Road on the south, Noe Road on the north, Spruce Mountain on the east, and Rampart Range Rd.on the west.
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