You guys this fire is huge. Its so sad. Please pray for our firefighters and evacuees. Its close to Garden of the Gods in NEcolorado springs—
Christine Moore (@cmoore09) June 23, 2012
Firefighters near Colorado Springs, Colo., are battling a 2,000 acre blaze that began in Waldo Canyon Saturday. A media briefing was held just after 5:30 p.m. MDT:
Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak are closed, and both mandatory and voluntary evacuations are underway in nearby areas.
The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office is providing evacuation updates on Twitter at @EPCSheriff using the hashtag #WaldoCanyonFire.
Here are some of the other hashtags being used:
The Colorado Division of Emergency Management is also providing frequent updates at @COEmergency.
Meanwhile, the devastating High Park fire burning near Fort Collins, Colo., since June 9 continues to grow.
Residents near the Waldo Canyon fire are tweeting images of the giant plume of smoke billowing into the sky.
The thoughts and prayers of the entire Twitchy Team are with all of those affected by the fire.
Now Garden of the Gods is being evacuated near Colorado Springs as a result of another fire that erupted… In tears- all the good places.—
~S (@thisenvy) June 23, 2012
And they're evacuating West Colorado/Manitou Springs due to the fire. The smoke has blocked out the sun.—
The Liz, who else? (@theliz13) June 23, 2012
Just evacuated from Garden of the Gods due to a forest fire. Pray for rain in Colorado!—
Nicole Brummond (@nicolay14) June 23, 2012
We have evacuated from our house in Colorado Springs because of wild fire. Please pray for rain.—
(@patrickdavis86) June 23, 2012
Whoever is reading this,we at the Glen Eyrie, Colorado Springs, are being evacuated to avoid fire near the Eagle Lake camp asap.Please pray!—
t•edwinda (@hellowinz) June 23, 2012
My family's evacuating due to the Waldo Canyon fire in Colorado Springs. Please be praying.—
Brian Hicks (@brianhicks) June 23, 2012
Please pray for the wildfire in Colorado Springs to stop spreading. Have several friends evacuating…—
Esther Fleece (@EstherFleece) June 23, 2012
Update, 9:15 p.m. MDT:
Update: More evacuations.