FLYING W RANCH NOW JUST A MEMORY.
Our hearts are sadden at this time as we reflect on the devastation of the Waldo Canyon fire with two people dead, 346 homes in Colorado Springs were lost, and the burning to the ground of a 60-year-old institution, the Flying W Ranch.
While the Mountain Shadows neighborhood was hit the hardest with weather conditions that created a firestorm, other areas like Cedar Heights, Cascade, Green Mountain Falls, Woodland Park, Peregrine and the Air Force Academy were spared due to the valiant efforts of the firefighters.Utilities crews worked long hours as well protecting the city’s utilities resources and restoring power, water and gas to those most affected by the fire.
While this tragedy has brought grief to many, the outpouring of help from the community has been extraordinary to behold. More than a million pounds of food have been donated for evacuees, firefighters, and volunteers through Care and Share. Shelters and meals have been provided and staffed by the Red Cross, Catholic Charities, the Salvation Army, the YMCA and other organizations.
El Pomar has made several generous donations to relief efforts. A benefit concert at The World Arena raised over $400,000. Many in our community have provided space in their homes for those who had to evacuate and continue to share with those who are homeless. Apartment managers and businesses are finding ways to give discounts to those whose lives have been rearranged. Even the animals have not been forgotten with Norris-Penrose stadium sheltering large animals and the Humane Society taking in cats and dogs.
We are proud to be a part of this generous community that has come through in a time of crises and has answered in a big way.