President Obama Visits Colorado Springs and Tours the Damage Caused by the Waldo Canyon Fires in Mountain Shadows

President Barack Obama talks with firefighters in Mountain Shadow as he toured decimation from The Waldo Canyon Fire on Hot Springs Road Friday, June 29, 2012.

Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette | http://www.gazette.com/sections/slideshow/?id=14972749

President Obama visited Colorado Springs today and toured the damage caused by the Waldo Canyon fires in Mountain Shadows and thanked our firefighters. While he was here he also stopped by the Southeast YMCA which is currently being used as a fire evacuation center for people who were evacuated from their homes during the fire.

The Waldo Canyon fire ranks as the state’s most devastating fire in recorded history. Over 18,000 acres have burned, 346 homes were destroyed, over 30,000 people were evacuated and one person died. The fire currently sits at 15% containment. Some eastern parts of the evacuation area have been opened back up for people to return home, but many people will remain displaced for a long time.

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Our thoughts and prayers are with the Colorado Springs community and everyone who has lost a home and everyone who has helped save our city from a worse outcome. Thank you.