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.

Update, 9:15 p.m. MDT:


Update: More evacuations.

  • Taxpayer1234

    Sorry to hear about that fire, but High Park fire near Fort Collins is 75,000+ acres, 1 dead, 1000+ evacuated.

    Praying for rain.


    We live in the foothills and have been watching the fire for hours; we’re not threatened but know many who are by this fire.

  • Tina Huston

    I live in Parker, CO. I can come down with a two horse trailer and help evacuate animals. I can take horses up at my place if people need housing for animals. Call Tina at 720-261-6965.

  • McCabe

    I’ve heard that arson is suspected in the fires around Colorado Springs. Has that been verified?