Blame a combination of drought, high winds, high temps, Colorado Beetle Kill, lightning and arson for the most destructive wildfire season in Colorado in more than a decade. Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and to a lessor extent Utah see their fair share of wildfire annually but the 2012 wild fire season began early and presently shows no signs of slowing.
The High Park Fire burning on the outskirts of Fort Carson has already claimed 248 homes. The Waldo Canyon Fire burning above Colorado Springs has forced the evacuation of thousands. Fire authorities are satisfied they will be granted air and ground resources in sufficient numbers to combat advancing flames fronts and protect residential property.
Firefighters are facing temperatures nearing triple digits with predicted winds to 25 mph through Tuesday. Temperatures in Colorado Springs will remain in the 90’s for the next eight days.
This Waldo Canyon Fire is reminiscent of the Monument Fire that struck Sierra Vista in Southern Arizona last June. Persistent SSW winds blew the fire off the Hauchuca Mountains and into residential neighborhoods claiming dozens of homes and outbuildings.