The wildfires burning in Colorado forced evacuations of rental stores in Colorado Springs Thursday. Many of the fires, burning for more than a week, were caused by a combination of dry conditions and lightning.
As of Friday, there were nine major active fires, the largest of which was the 87,284-acre High Park Fire, 15 miles west of Fort Collins, Colo., and the 16,750-acre Waldo Canyon Fire next to Colorado Springs, Colo., which has burned upwards of 347 homes and killed one person as of Friday. While the High Park Fire was 85 percent contained as of Friday, the Waldo Canyon Fire was only 10 percent contained and moving rapidly, prompting action from the city council and authorities.
As of Thursday afternoon, rental stores were being evacuated in the Colorado Springs area. As of Friday morning, nothing had been damaged, but safety measures were being taken. For disaster relief and recovery information, as well as links to national agencies, go to the ARA Foundation website.
Those insured with ARA Insurance also have access to ReSource for more information.
If you have information or updates on fires in Colorado, please call Jenni Venema, director of development, ARA Foundation, at 800-334-2177, ext. 236, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For current updates and map of active fires, go to 9News.com or The Denver Post. Also, to see photos of the fires, go to The Denver Post blog.