Day 3 of the Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado Springs. The fire continues to grow and is now estimated at 4500 acres. Although the blaze is still threatening multiple populated areas, Officials on Monday (6/25/2012) said that the fire is 5% contained and they expect full containment around the fire could be achieved by as early as July 16.
Meanwhile the community has sprung into action. The Red Cross has received significant donations at the shelters they have set up as well as monetary donations. People have been volunteering, offering shelter to folks who have been evacuated and donating food & water to both evacuees & the firefighters.
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If you are looking to donate funds, go to http://helpcoloradonow.org/for more information.
The local Red Cross can be reached at 719-632-3563. Those wanting to donate money can go to http://www.redcross.org.
Pikes Peak United Way asks that people do not call 211 or their direct line, 955-0742, for non-emergent purposes. They are getting bombarded with calls and need to keep the lines open for emergencies only.
Volunteers experienced with working with large animals can call Penrose Equestrian Center to volunteer at 719-520-7773.
Non-perishable food and water donations can be taken to Care and Share, located on 2605 Preamble Point, from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Walgreens had teamed up with Care and Share; all locations are now accepting donations during business hours.
Donations can also be taken to any Goodwill location in Colorado Springs.
A Facebook Community page has been started too for people to post & respond to requests for assistance. Check it out here: Waldo Canyon Fire Assistance