Waldo Canyon Fire… day 5, Night time in Colorado Springs.

Much better this evening than last night… This is the evening of day #5 of the Waldo Canyon Fire in/near Colorado Springs CO (COS). Still no info has been shared with residents re. how many homes are lost and where… that will be revealed in the near future after meeting with residents of the affected areas. Last night many homes were destroyed in Colorado Springs when the Waldo Canyon Fire jumped over multiple fire lines and came into the NW portion of the city of COS. Yesterday 26000 more people were evacuated from their homes, making a total of 31600 evacuated COS residents to date from this fire. 15000+ Acres are now in the Burn Area. There is concern about the fire going West towards Woodland Park, there may be a controlled burn to take away some of the ‘fuel’ for the fire, close to the Eastern edge of Woodland Park, CO. Current issues are dealing with “Spotting” Hot Embers are flying for up to 1/2 mile at this time. Spotting issues are at 65% (for every 100 embers flying, 65 of them will start spot fires). We have very dry and very hot conditions here, which makes the spread and growth of the fire very unpredictable. Footage provided by KKTV (been running fire coverage since Day 1, non-stop) Approx 32000 people evacuated from their homes at this time. More than 1000 fire fighters working on the fire. Heavy winds caused the fire to jump 2 contingency lines, and impacted the West side of Colorado Springs the evening of 6/26/12 (day 4). This is the fifth day of the

Ten elderly victims from intermediate care facility fire, Colorado Springs, Colorado (March 4, 1991)

Original publisher: [Emmitsburg, Md.] : Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Fire Administration, National Fire Data Center, [1991] OCLC Number: (OCoLC)76963871 Subject: Nursing homes — Fires and fire prevention. Excerpt: … USFA-TR-050 / March 1991 5 scenario, this group of residents who averaged 85 years of age, many with limited mobility, were put at a serious disadvantage by this categorization when an emergency situation arose. Other States, like Colorado, need to review their criteria and practices in this important area. Adequacy of inspections is another problem area spotlighted by this incident. Colorado currently has two inspectors for the entire State and 281 operational personal care homes. They range in size from three beds to several hundred, but most are twenty beds or smaller. The State Health Department Director is currently trying to arrange contracts with local county inspectors to maintain inspections on these facilities, but in the interim two inspectors are charged with the major portion of inspections in the State. The director indicates these are not trained building inspectors and have only a cursory amount of training in this area. The State Health Department Director makes the point that the bulk of these facilities are not in-line for any Federal aid and if forced to go with more stringent safety features, they would be forced to close. By comparison, numerous States, such as Virginia and Alabama, have made sprinklering of this type of facility mandatory, and it does not appear that financial constraints have hampered them. The Colorado Springs Fire Department is to be commended for their openness during USFA’s investiga-tion of this fire and their willingness to learn from this loss. They indicated they will implement into their plan a program of more stringent code enforcement as a result of lessons learned from this fire. The Colorado Springs Fire Department did a building inspection and outlined areas needing to be correc…

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