Five Years Later: Remembering The Waldo Canyon Fire
On June 23rd, 2012, a plume of smoke rose from the foothills west of Colorado Springs. It was the first sign of what would become one of the most destructive wildfires in Colorado history. By July 10th, 2012, when the fire was declared 100% contained, it had claimed two lives, more than 18,000 acres of land, and 346 homes in Colorado Springs' Mountain Shadows neighborhood.
Five years have passed, and while the debris has been cleared and many homes rebuilt, the memories of those harrowing days have hardly faded for those most affected by the blaze.
In honor of the fifth anniversary, 91.5 KRCC invited people to share their stories from the Waldo Canyon Fire. We heard from residents of Mountain Shadows -- some who lost their homes, some whose homes were spared -- as well as firefighters, police officers, city administrators, and others who contended with the fire and its aftermath.
All through the week of June 26th-30th, 91.5 KRCC will be broadcasting those stories during Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Additional interviews will also be posted on this page.
You can share your memories from the Waldo Canyon Fire on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram using the hashtags #waldocanyonfire, #waldofire or #wearecos.
Special thanks to Roslyn Block, Eddie Hurt, Nora Gledich, Kim Melchor, and Gordon Brenner for their help on this project.