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A view of Pleasant Valley and the town of Bellvue, CO area. On this day (June 22) winds conspired with extreme heat and low humidity to power the fire across Highway 14/the Poudre River allowing it to enter the Glacier View Subdivision and grow roughly 10,0000 acres on this run. We now stand at 87,250 acres (over 100 sq miles!) with 55% containment, but full containment is not expected until the end of July.
A stubborn and towering wildfire jumped firefighters' perimeter lines in the hills overlooking Colorado Springs, forcing frantic mandatory evacuation notices for more than 9,000 residents, destroying an unknown number of homes and partially closing the grounds of the sprawling U.S. Air Force Academy.
This video recounts the events of June 26, 2012 when the Waldo Canyon Fire quickly jumped the ridge of the Rocky Mountains and descended into the western portions of Colorado Springs, CO. Made in honor of the many families that have lost their homes and the many servicemen and women involved in fighting the fires.*Sorry for the compression problems. The Vimeo encoder apparently doesn't like the video file.
Flames of the Waldo Canyon fire race down into western portions of Colorado Springs, Colo. on Tuesday. A helicopter tries to slow it down before it left a trail of destruction, burning homes and buildings in it's path. Heavily populated areas in the fire's path have been affected.