TBT – Waldo Canyon Fire

Waldo Canyon Fire
Waldo Canyon Fire, Colorado Springs, CO, July 1, 2012; burn operation in Division Oscar-Papa (below Blodgett Peak) with Vandenberg Hotshots. USFS photo by Kari Greer.

Throwback Thursday –
On June 23, 2012 the Waldo Canyon Fire started in the Pike National Forest southwest of Colorado Springs, Colorado. On June 26 it spread into the Mountain Shadows area of the city. Before the fire was out, it had killed two people and burned 18,000 acres and 347 homes.

Waldo Canyon Fire
Waldo Canyon Fire, Colorado Springs, CO, July, 2012; Mountain Shadows aftermath. USFS photo by Kari Greer.
Waldo Canyon Fire President Obama
The President at the Waldo Fire Incident Command Post, June 29, 2012. USFS photo by Kari Greer.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

2 thoughts on “TBT – Waldo Canyon Fire”

  1. I too worked that fire, and indeed I’ve never seen such public appreciation parades before or since. I remember it as one of the biggest “little” fires I’ve ever experienced. Post-fire fatalities as well from mudslides, Waldo had everything going on much larger fires!

  2. I was on this fire, I was the 3 rd engine on scene, I was a hot fire, we were stretched thin. The public had parades for us every day. Thanks James valdez 32 years fighting fire


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