Waldo Canyon Fire 80-percent contained; Colo. Springs gets rain
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — As the fire raced toward the Mountain Shadows neighborhood, even firefighters feared what was coming.
“Big, big firestorm. This is going to be trouble,” said firefighter Steve Schoepper as he shot video of entire neighborhoods.
A week later, with 346 homes destroyed and two people dead, the Waldo Canyon Fire is now 80% contained.
“We feel we’re starting to turn the corner,” said Rich Harvey, the fire incident commander.
With containment lines holding, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano got her first glimpse of the devastation in person.
“Our hearts go out to those who have lost homes and loved ones,” said Napolitano. She says the lesson of the fire is when evacuations are ordered, comply.
As the sun set Tuesday, Colorado Springs got its first sustained and continuous rain shower since the fire started.
The rain also raised concerns about flash flooding. The mayor wasted no time urging residents to consider flood insurance.