Colorado Springs, Colorado (Fire) / 1,700 Meals over 3 Days

The Waldo Canyon Fire was a forest fire that started approximately four miles northwest of Colorado Springs on June 23, 2012, and one mile from a western neighborhood. It was declared 100% contained on July 10, 2012, after no smoke plumes were visible on a small portion of the containment line on Blodgett Peak.

The fire had caused the evacuation of over 32,000 residents of Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs and Woodland Park, several small mountain communities along the southwestern side of Highway 24, and partial evacuation of the United States Air Force Academy. Approximately 346 homes were destroyed by the fire. U.S. Highway 24, a major east-west road, was closed in both directions.

At the beginning of July, OBR volunteers were on the scene but faced a new unique challenge. How do you cook barbeque in the middle of a forest fire? After all, we didn’t want to start another fire. Well, the answer this time was propane. It was not ideal, but since they couldn’t have wood fires burning, the OBR teams needed to compromise. Once the operation was completed 3 days later, OBR volunteers had cooked 1700 meals for first responders and victims.

OBR Participants:

Cory Sisto, Jordan Sisto, William Ledford, David Forney, Brian Nevel

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