29 Jun '12, 8am

Academy presses on in face of Waldo Canyon fire

-- Academy staff members' mindset can probably best be captured in the now-famous 1939 poster: "Keep Calm and Carry On." Inprocessing and Basic Cadet Training began as scheduled even after more than 600 families living on base and 110 dormitory residents evacuated due to the explosive Waldo Canyon Fire, which has now claimed as many as 300 homes and more than 18,500 acres of forest between Colorado Springs and Woodland Park, Colo. Part of that fire spread to the southwest portion of the Air Force Academy Wednesday, burning about 10 acres before firefighters with the 10th Civil Engineer Squadron quickly contained it. "This is absolutely the worst wildfire I've ever seen," said Ernst Piercy, the Academy's fire chief. "Essentially, this fire represents one of the most difficult fires in many years here in Colorado." In addition to families and dormitory residents, more than 6...

Full article: http://www.usafa.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123307960

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