Posted: 07/02/2012 - Although the fire is estimated to be 55 percent contained, firefighters say they have a significant amount of work remaining. That includes mop-up of hotspots along the fire lines, patrolling fire areas and continued fire line construction. For information on what areas of the Pike Forest are open to the public please call 719-636-1602.
Posted: 07/02/2012 - We here at Mountain Shadows Pet Hospital are very thankful to make it back to our clinic. Today is our first day back in the office. We would like to offer, to the people of the Mountain Shadows community, one free exam to any pet that might be showing stress or sickness during this difficult time. Many families have been displaced and our hearts go out to them. They can call the hospital with any questions. 5010 Boardwalk Drive Colorado Springs, CO 80919 (719)-533-0910
Posted: 07/02/2012 - Pikes Peak United Way is already looking to the future and working to establish support for the long-term recovery efforts for victims and the community as a whole. In collaboration with the El Pomar Foundation, which has generously provided $125,000, a Waldo Canyon Fire Victim Assistance Fund has been established.
Posted: 07/02/2012 - As of today, the Postal Service will resume delivery to most addresses impacted by the Waldo wildfire. The final four postal locations affected by the wildfire have now reopened, including two Post Offices in Woodland Park, Green Mountain Falls, and Cascade. Deliveries will be made wherever possible. Customers whose homes have been impacted by the fire can file a change of address Electronic change of addresses can be filed online at http://www.usps.com or by calling 1-800-ASK-USPS. (1-800-275-8777). Change of Address forms are also available at area Post Offices. Postal officials are advising evacuees to file a change of address even if they are going to be at their current temporary location for a brief time. They will be able to file additional changes as they move to longer term locations. If you need a safe and secure delivery point, consider renting a Post Office Box, available at all area Post Offices. Postal customers with further questions about their specific address, are encouraged to call the following numbers for assistance: Rockrimmon Station – 719-266-8216, Woodland Park Post Office – 719-687-5187, and Cascade Post Office -- 719-473-6513.
Posted: 07/02/2012 - In all areas where evacuees have been allowed to return home, electric, water and wastewater services are operating normally. Results of water quality tests meet all regulatory requirements. Run water through a hose or sprinkler for five minutes to clear sediment and air from your lines. Natural gas service is not available to all customers at this time to allow for system testing and to keep employees and customers safe. Starting today [Monday July 2], our employees, with help from Xcel employees, will go house-to-house to conduct final safety checks and light pilot lights. Customers must be present for gas service to be turned on. We anticipate that this will take us through July 4 to complete. We understand many of you are concerned about your bills. We are adjusting bills for customers that were evacuated or lost their homes in the Waldo Canyon Fire. We are sensitive to the impacts of the fire and it is our desire to help as much as we can. All homes that were destroyed will have their bills adjusted to a zero balance. In evacuated areas, customer bills will be adjusted, removing water consumption for the days evacuated. In areas where we turned off natural gas and electricity services for safety reasons, daily charges will be removed for electricity and gas from June 23, 2012 to the date that services were restored. Check our restoration process page for more information about restoration of utilities services in affected areas. Customer service representatives are staffing the Disaster Recovery Center to answer your specific questions. We operate at the direction and discretion of Incident Command. If directed to evacuate, our employees will comply.
Posted: 07/02/2012 - North Shore Animal League (NSALA) and National Mill Dog Rescue (NMDR) continue to help with the emergency relief efforts in Colorado Springs, CO by providing services to the thousands of residents who have been evacuated due to the Waldo Canyon wildfires. A Mobile Rescue Unit is stationed at the El Paso County Disaster Recovery Center at 105 North Spruce St, Colorado Springs. Available services for Monday, July 2 and Tuesday, July 3: • As evacuees return to their daily routines, NSALA and NMDR are available to provide temporary shelter in their 45-foot Mobile Rescue Unit for fire evacuee pets. The unit will be available for: o Pet Daycare from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily o Overnight pet services o Pet-Sitting while fire evacuees are meeting with representatives in the El Paso Disaster Recover Center • Supplies are also being distributed, including cat and dog food, cat litter and other pet supplies. • NSALA and NMDR Rescue Experts will provide Pet Safety Tips as evacuees return to their homes to ensure the safety of their pets. The Animal League’s Emergency and Disaster Rescue Program safely evacuates animals out of harm’s way. The team is ready at a moment’s notice to help save animals’ lives, whether they are responding to national emergencies or natural disasters.
Posted: 07/02/2012 - Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region Animal Law Enforcement Officers (ALE) are currently rescuing pets left in homes in mandatory evacuation areas. Families needing assistance rescuing companion animals left within evacuation areas can call 719-473-1741 x1 for Animal Law Enforcement, and HSPPR dispatchers will explain rescue procedures. HSPPR staff resources are focused on animal rescue, and on caring for pet evacuees at both our permanent HSPPR shelter and at the emergency shelter located at Freedom Financial Services Expo Center. HSPPR regular animal control services are being covered by a skeleton crew at this time. HSPPR asks for the community to be understanding during these difficult circumstances, and be patient as ALE Officers respond to an extraordinarily high volume of calls. For more information, click here.
Posted: 07/02/2012 - Artistry in Motion would like to help our community by offering FREE day camp for children that are victims of the Waldo Canyon Fire. Our doors at 469 Windchime Place in the Windchime Center will be open to YOU on Monday, July 2nd from 9am-4pm. We will provide children 1/2 & full day activities (dance, movies, arts/crafts, etc) so that victims of the fire can do what they need to do to get back on their feet again. for more information, click here.
Posted: 07/02/2012 - 24 Hour Fitness is opening two of its Colorado Springs clubs to emergency service workers and the entire local community impacted by the severe wildfires this week. With more than 30,000 Colorado residents ordered to evacuate their homes, 24 Hour Fitness welcomes neighbors to open clubs where they can take hot showers, charge laptops and phones, watch TV or simply have a safe place to go as emergency crews work to extinguish the fire. The following 24 Hour Fitness® clubs in Colorado Springs are currently open to the public: 24 Hour Fitness Colorado Springs Sport 3650 Austin Bluffs Parkway Colorado Springs, CO 80918 719-262-0024 24 Hour Fitness Broadmoor Sport 1892 Southgate Road Colorado Springs, CO 80906 719-633-2442 *Note that the 24 Hour Fitness North Colorado Springs Sport club on North Academy Boulevard will be closed until it is safe to reopen.
Posted: 06/30/2012 - The visit will only be open to residents who live within the boundaries of 30th Street on the south, Centennial Boulevard on the east and Flying W Ranch Road on the north. There will be two checkpoints for the north and south division of the neighborhood. Please visit this link on the City of Colorado Springs' website for complete information.
Posted: 06/30/2012 - The Disaster Recovery Center will be located at the former El Paso County Department of Human Services building at 105 North Spruce Street. It will be open to citizens at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 30, 2012 and will be open 7 days a week from 9am to 7pm. The Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) is providing assistance in establishing the Disaster Recovery Center. From 30 years of experience in managing disasters, DOLA has learned the value of offering a central location where residents can access their insurance companies and get information from groups such as: -Pikes Peak Regional Building Department -Goodwill Industries -El Paso County Housing Authority -Care and Share Food Bank -El Paso County Public Health -AspenPointe -El Paso County Veterans Services -Pikes Peak United Way -Peak Vista Community Health Centers -Colorado Springs Utilities -Colorado Springs Human Resources -Pikes Peak Workforce Center -Colorado Division of Unemployment -FEMA -Colorado Division of Local Affairs -El Paso County Department of Human Services -Colorado Springs Office of Emergency Management -Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association -Safeco Insurance -Office of the Colorado Insurance Commissioner To call the Disaster Recovery Information call 719-444-8300
Posted: 06/28/2012 - Below is a release from the Boys&Girls Club: The Boys & Girls Club of the Pikes Peak Region is offering free child care to evacuees of the Waldo Canyon Fire. Youth ages 5-18 are able to attend the E. A. Tutt Location located at 1455 S. Chelton Rd., C/S, CO 80910 which is open 6 am to 6 pm. Verification of residency in the evacuated areas will be required. Forms of verification can be a driver’s license or ID, passport, bills or any other method of residency verification. While at the Club members are provided breakfast, lunch and snack throughout the day. To register your child(ren) you can either come to the Central Office at 102 E. Pikes Peak Ave., Ste. 500, C/S, CO 80903 or at the E. A. Tutt Location. We are accepting evacuees as early as today. Unfortunately, due to State licensing safety regulations, we can only enroll 135 evacuees therefore, registration will be on a first come, first serve basis.
Posted: 06/28/2012 - For pregnant women, evacuations can add an extra wrinkle to an already complicated and stressful situation. The organization Save the Children has provided a list of suggestions for expectant mothers during this wildfire crisis. Tips for expectant mothers: • When checking into a shelter or temporary housing, alert the staff if you are pregnant or think you might be pregnant. • If pregnant, seek prenatal care even if it is not with your usual provider. • Make sure health care providers at the shelter know about any special needs or health problems that you or your child have, or any medicines you might be taking (both over the counter and prescription.) • Pregnant women and children should stay indoors, if possible, to keep from breathing smoke or fumes. (This is true for anyone, not just pregnant women and children) • If you’re pregnant, rest often and get plenty of water.
Updated: 06/27/2012 - The Colorado Bar Association is offering free legal aid to Waldo Canyon fire victims. Call 800-332-6736 for non-emergency legal questions. Callers will leave info, including name, contact information, and the nature of their legal issue or question, and will be contacted by an attorney within 48 hours to answer questions or to refer them to a legal aid organization. Attorneys will assist with questions related to issues such as property loss, insurance claims, landlord-tenant issues, replacing wills and other important legal documents, and consumer protection matters. This is not for evacuation-related questions. This is for legal questions only. For more information, click on the link.
Posted: 06/27/2012 - The spread of the Waldo Canyon fire has forced the Postal Service to relocate postal operations for affected customers to pick up their mail. NEW: If you receive mail at the Air Force Academy, 80840, your mail will be available for pickup at Briargate Station, 8585 Criterion Dr. Hours of service are from 730 a.m. – 6 p.m, phone (719) 265-4409. NEW: If you receive mail out of Rockrimmon Station, 80919/80949, mail will be available for pickup at Templeton Station, 4356 Montebello Dr. Hours are from 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., (719) 266-6033. NEW: If you receive mail out of North End Station, 80907, Holland Park, West Centennial and Garden of the Gods area, mail will be available for pickup at North End Station, 2940 N Prospect. Hours are from 730 a.m. – 530 p.m. (719) 473-5304. CONTINUING: If you live in Green Mountain Falls, CO, 80819, mail pickup will be out of the Woodland Park, Tamarac Station, located at 900 Tamarac Parkway. Hours are from 9:00 -5:00, phone 719-686-0240. CONTINUING: If you live in Cascade, CO, 80809, mail pickup will be at the Colorado Springs, West End Retail Unit, located at 204 S 25th St 80904. Hours are from 8:30-5:30, phone 719-473-6513. CONTINUING: If you live in the Colorado Springs, Cedar Heights and Kissing Camel area, ZIP 80904, mail pickup will be at the Colorado Springs West End Retail Unit located at 204 S 25th St 80904. Hours are 8:30-5:30, phone 719-473-6513. Future delivery decisions will be made after consulting with local emergency managers. If there are further questions about your specific area, please call the appropriate number above for assistance.