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Students give donations to local organizations Springer Fire impacted local communities first By Norma Engelberg nengelberg@ourcoloradonews.com

While all eyes are focused on the Waldo Canyon Fire, it’s easy to forget that the Springer Fire in Elevenmile Canyon also affected Teller and Park county residents. To help mitigate that impact, Woodland Park Middle School students, who had just returned from trip to Italy and Germany, donated what was left of their travel money to three organizations. Their faculty adviser Brad Eggspuehler said the

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Woodland Park Middle School members of the Mountain Top Cycling Club were recently presented with new cycling jerseys from Primal Wear. Pictured are Primal Wear representative Dave Edwards, club representative Deborah Maresca and the young cyclists who were thrilled to receive their jerseys. The club received 23 jerseys that retail for about $70 each. Club members also handed out flashing lights to children who attended the recent Woodland Park Parks & Recreation annual Bicycle Rodeo. The volunteers talked to children about bicycle safety and making eye contact with passing motorists. Courtesy photo called a dress rehearsal for the Waldo Canyon Fire. Since it started on June 23, RE-2 school buildings have served as Red Cross evacuation centers, first the high school and then Sum-

mit when the high school evacuation center was moved out of the then preevacuation zone. Now Cripple CreekVictor High School is another Red Cross evacuation center.

Waldo Canyon Fire claims second life Residents of same home parish in blaze By Lisa Collacott

lcollacott@ourcoloradonews.com The remains of two people were found in a burned home in the Mountain Shadows neighborhood. Less than 10 additional people have been reported missing. Colorado Springs Police Chief Pete Carey announced Thursday night that the remains had been discovered at a home at 2910 Rossmere Drive. Several others in the subdivision are still unaccounted for. Carrey put the number of people they are still trying to contact at fewer than 10. Approximately 346 homes have been destroyed as a result of the Waldo Canyon Fire that raced through the neighborhood on Tuesday. During the Friday morning press conference El Paso County Commissioner Chair Amy Lathan said a disaster recovery center will open at 9 a.m. Saturday for residents to file insurance claims, receive grief counseling and any other needs. The center will bring together the resources from other governmental agencies, including the city of Colorado Springs, and nonprofit groups. It will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and will be located in the former El Paso County Department of Human Services building at 105 North

Spruce Street. “It is our goal at the county to be available for absolutely everything that anyone needs,” Lathan said. During the press conference Jerri Marr, forest supervisor of the Pike and San Isabel National Forests and Cimarron Comanche Grasslands, said the weather cooperated Thursday and they are making great strides. The fire is now reported at 15 percent containment. “We are working really hard to put this fire out,” Marr said. Rich Harvey, fire incident commander, said they have a perimeter line along U.S. 24 and he is confident it will hold. “Our focus for today is to hold what we got, improve the lines we have in place, use aerial assets necessary to support the troops on the ground and bring in the equipment where we can to further enhance our ability to put muscle down on the ground in front of this fire and keep it in control,” Harvey added. Lt. Jeff Kramer had no news to report on the investigative efforts in the fire and said at this time the cause is still undetermined. In a press release sent out Thursday night the Sheriff ’s Office said Undersheriff Paula Presley had granted

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students gave $300, to Teller County Regional Animal Shelter, $170 in Gatorade to the Lake George Fire Department and $500 to the American Red Cross, which had set up evacuation centers at Summit Elementary School in Divide and the Woodland Park High School for Springer Fire evacuees. According to Woodland Park RE-2 School District Superintendent Jed Bowman, the centers were well used. “When the fire started last Sunday ( June 17) things moved rather quickly and we had many students and campers here (nearly 200) Sunday evening,” he stated in an email. “We have had tremendous support from our community and having our students donate…shows the value of providing service to others.” The Springer Fire could almost be

an interview with ABC News, and claimed her comments were taken out of context. ABC News reported that officials believe the fire was started by arson. However, the sheriff ’s office said, Presley was speaking hypothetically when she told ABC News that if indeed the fire was an act of arson and that the suspect’s intent was to burn the forest and set fire to Colorado Springs, then it would be considered an act of terrorism. She reminded the reporter that they do not yet know if the fire was intentional or accidental, the sheriff ’s office said. Meanwhile, many residents have been allowed to return to their homes.

Those who live in the southeast area of Rockrimmon including the Golden Hills and Tammaron subdivisions, Pine Cliff, Kissing Camels which is east of 30th Street from Gateway Road to Garden of the Gods Road, Holland Park, Pleasant Valley and the apartment complex located at Garden of the Gods Road to 30th Street. Additionally, United States Air Force Academy officials have lifted the mandatory evacuation order for the Pine Valley and Douglas Valley housing areas, allowing residents back in at 5 a.m. Friday morning. All other evacuation orders remain in place. For updated information on evacuations visit www.springs.gov.

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