Welcome to the Waldo Canyon Fire website, an effort by the Coalition for the Upper South Platte to keep you updated on the status of the fire.
Though the fire itself is out, the rehabilitation process is just beginning. Here you will find important information about the fire and current action that is taking place to quickly and effectively respond to impacts felt by local communities.
Thank you for taking the time and care to learn more about the Waldo Canyon Fire’s status. With your continued support, we will rebuild and restore the lands we love, one step at a time.
The Coalition for the Upper South Platte
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Special Applications Science Center compared vegetation cover following the 2012 Waldo Canyon Fire through geospatial analysis to provide information on post-fire vegetation trends. The analysis shows a significant increase in vegetation cover in the burn scar by September 2013. Check out the maps and analysis at: http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2014/1078/
The 2nd annual Pikes Peak Wildfire Prevention Partners Workshop – “Surviving Wildfire – It Takes a Community” – is coming up on April 12th. The workshop will be held at the Ponderosa Retreat and Conference Center in Monument. The workshop is designed for volunteer firefighters, community leaders, mitigation contractors, emergency managers, insurance agents, and fire prevention officers. Registration is only $35, which includes lunch and class materials. Find more information in the event brochure.
From the Colorado Department of Transportation’s Press Release on February 12, 2014:
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is preparing to install an extra-large concrete box culvert, designed to carry excessive amounts of water. Measuring 24 feet wide and 10 feet high, the culvert will be ten times larger than the 72 inch metal pipe currently under the highway.
Currently, the left lane of eastbound and westbound Highway 24 is closed for one mile until 6 p.m. at Waldo Canyon, about one mile west of Manitou Springs. Tomorrow and Friday, the lanes will be closed from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Beginning on Saturday, Feb. 15, eastbound U.S. 24 will be closed and all traffic shifted to the westbound lanes – one lane in each direction. The highway will remain in this configuration for about two weeks, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. When the eastbound side is complete, all traffic then will be moved to the eastbound lanes for another couple weeks, allowing construction to proceed on the westbound segment.
The speed limit will be reduced to 35 mph and vehicles wider than 12 feet will not be allowed to travel through the work zone.
PLEASE NOTE: Drivers should expect possible slowdowns or delays through the area during the morning and evening rush hours.
“This is another one of the many steps we’re taking to help mitigate the flooding that’s been occurring on Ute Pass during the rainy season,” said CDOT Resident Engineer Dave Watt. “Placing an oversized culvert will allow the high water, debris and mud to pass under the highway, not over it, removing one more hazard to the traveling public.”
The project is scheduled for completion by April 30, 2014.
Wildcat Construction Co. of Colorado Springs is the prime contractor for the $1.4 million project.
Wondering about tree planting in the burn scar? This document outlines USDA processes and procedures. As the time approaches for re-forestation in the burn, this is important information for everyone: .ReforestationWaldo012114
Wondering what type of rehab work has been going on in and around the burn scar? Where work is concentrated? How recent post-fire flooding compares to historical flooding in the area? Find out the answers to these questions and more by exploring the Waldo Canyon Fire Impact & Recovery Map.
Please refer to the November Construction Flyer to find out what work is planned for the US 24 corridor in November.
If you have been affected by the flooding from September 11th on, including impacts after the actual event, sign up for federal disaster assistance at http://www.disasterassistance.gov/.
You must sign up by December 2nd to receive help, but as long as you sign up before the deadline, you will be able to add additional damages after the deadline. If you miss the deadline, you will not be able to request help. If everyone needing assistance signs up, this helps ensure enough money and resources will be available for all those in need. The amount of damage claimed will also determine if state and local government agencies and qualifying nonprofits are eligible to receive funds to assist with recovery efforts, cleanup, and mitigation measures to reduce damage from future events.
Please share this information with others in your community and friends and family throughout the state who may have suffered from the storms.
The waldofire.org partners are reaching out to help with flood relief in Manitou Springs now and in the future. If you are interested in helping out, please use this link to access the volunteer form for Manitou Springs flood relief:Fill out the form to add your name to a list that will be used to call upon volunteers when the need arises in Manitou and elsewhere in the vicinity. Thank you for your interest!
“Effective immediately, CDOT Maintenance crews will actively patrol U.S. 24 in the Waldo Canyon burn area between Manitou Springs and Cascade, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, through October 1. In addition, when the National Weather Service issues a Flash Flood Warning or more than ¼ of an inch of rain is detected in the burn area rain gauges, CDOT and the Colorado State Patrol will close the highway. It will remain closed until the warning is lifted, any debris is removed from the highway and the road is safe for travel.”