Carson, Peterson assist in fighting Waldo Canyon fire

Both Fort Carson and Peterson Air Force Base have sent military personnel to the Air Force Academy to help fight the Waldo Canyon fire.

 

Carson sent engineer units to Highway 24 and has now shifted its focus to building firebreaks around areas of the Air Force Academy.

 

Army help includes 21 soldiers operating 10 heavy bulldozers, four excavators, two wreckers for maintenance, two flatbed trucks, two fuel trucks, 13 military transportation and support vehicles and one commercial road grader.

 

 

The soldiers will operate in cooperation with U.S. Air Force Academy efforts to fight the Waldo Canyon Fire.

 

Peterson and Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station are contributing 11 firefighters, three fire trucks and one bulldozer to the Air Force Academy and the Colorado Springs Fire Department.

 

In addition,130 families at Peterson have volunteered to house 750 military evacuees.

 

“The 21st Space Wing is stepping up to help all agencies in the herculean effort of combating the Waldo Canyon wildfire,” said 21st SW commander, Col. Chris Crawford. “We have exhaustive plans in place to support local, state and national organizations where necessary and when needed.”

 

The base fitness center remains closed and is prepared to expeditiously respond to displaced military members. Service members can call 556-4462 for information on how to link up with a volunteer family. Families wishing to volunteer to host evacuees can call 556-4462 or email peterson.evac.aid@us.af.mil.