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From The Salvation Army USA blog:

The Waldo Canyon Fire, described as “epic” by a Colorado Springs Fire Chief, and considered to be part of the worst fire season in the state’s history, has destroyed approximately 6,200 acres of dry timber since the disaster began on Saturday.

Mandatory evacuations have pushed thousands from their homes as the flames continue to devour entire neighborhoods.

The Salvation Army continues to assess and meet the needs of new and existing evacuees. Additional Emergency Disaster teams from Montana and Wyoming are helping to assist survivors finding refuge at local shelter sites.

Currently, The Salvation Army is providing food, beverages and spiritual and emotional care to residents of Colorado Springs at the YMCA Southeast Family Center Shelter and Cheyenne Mountain High School Shelter. An additional team arrived today at the Summit Elementary School shelter in Divide, CO and Palmer Lewis High School in Monument to begin feeding operations.

Monetary donations are the most helpful way to show your support in times of disaster such as this, allowing The Salvation Army to meet the most immediate and distinct needs of survivors. Please click here to make an online donation or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

Our prayerful support is with the wildfire survivors and emergency disaster crews during this time.

This information is courtesy of Ken Cavalerro of The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services website. For immediate updates, please click here.