In early summer 2012, a brush fire broke out in Waldo Canyon, west of Colorado Springs, Colorado. The fire grew, scorching thousands of acres and destroying hundreds of homes.


9 News Website. It’s Been Five Years Since the Waldo Canyon Fire

Wikipedia. Waldo Canyon Fire

Although I still lived back east at the time of the fire, I had many friends who lived through it, watching the smoke come closer and wondering whether or not they would have to evacuate. You can still see the scars, huge swaths of mountainside with the skeletons of trees, and underbrush that is just now coming back.


What memories do you have of this event? How did you and the people in your life feel about it?


2 thoughts on “The Waldo Canyon Fire

  1. I’ll never forget this event. The skies were dark. The west side of town looked like a vision of Mordor. We were relatively safe on the east side of 6-lane I-25, but we were in my company’s list of volunteers to house evacuees, and for a while it even seemed possible the fire would jump the Interstate. I used satellite images of the fire in a course on space I was teaching, as I could point to all the landmarks and show how useful such images were.


  2. I was fortunate enough to not have lived in or near Colorado Springs at the time of the fire, but I do vividly remember going to camp not far from the edge of the burn scar a few months after it had finally been put out. Seeing the vast swaths of land destroyed in a forest I had grown to love through this camp was devastating to see, heartbreaking.


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