Waldo Canyon Fire
UPDATE (July 3, 4 p.m.): El Paso County has instituted Stage II Fire Restrictions and as a result, the 10 ABW Commander has instituted the following restrictions on the Air Force Academy:
UPDATE (July 2, 11 a.m.): Normal operations are in effect for the Academy.
- The use of charcoal grills is prohibited.
- The use of chimeneas (outdoor wood burning stoves) is also prohibited.
- Indoor fire places and/or wood burning stoves are permitted.
- The use of pyrotechnics for training (including Jack's Valley) is
- The use of fireworks is prohibited.
The 10th Air Base Wing Commander will host Town Hall Meetings for base personnel at the Community Center Theater at 3 pm, July 2, and at 9, 12 and 3 p.m. on July 3, to discuss current status of the base, and provide information to those affected by the fire.
UPDATE (June 29, 6:50 p.m.): Although Academy personnel have been recalled and normal operations have resumed, the Waldo Canyon fire is still active and extremely dependent on weather conditions. There is no immediate threat to Academy property and Academy officials continue to monitor the situation closely.
There is a slim chance the fire will continue to spread north and smoke is likely to be visible for several weeks. Firefighters have worked for the last 72 hours improving fire breaks along the entire western border of the Academy. If the fire spreads north, Academy officials have a high degree of confidence firefighters will be able to minimize impact to the Academy.
Officials will monitor the situation over the weekend and support the overall firefighting effort. Until the threat of fire has ended, continue to monitor the news, stay in contact with your chain of command, and maintain an evacuation kit.
Message from Col. Tim Gibson, 10th Air Base Wing commander.