President Obama Visits Colorado Springs and Tours the Damage Caused by the Waldo Canyon Fires in Mountain Shadows
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.
- Aerial photos of the neighborhood damage caused by the Waldo Canyon fires
- Before and after images of Mountain Shadows
- Where to volunteer or donate to help the evacuees and firefighters:
- Pikes Peak Humane Society
- Pikes Peak United Way
- United Way
- Red Cross
- Red Cross Safe and Well
- Care and Share
- Penrose Equestrian Center
- Salvation Army
- Help Colorado Now
- Pikes Peak Community Foundation / Waldo Canyon Fire Fighter Fund
- Colorado Wildfire Tees
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.