Wildfire Evacuation Modeling

Colorado Springs covers approximately 193 square miles and sits at an altitude of 6,035 feet above sea level. The City lies in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains with more than 35,000 homes in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) area. The combination of high-risk hazard areas and large numbers of out-of-state visitors who are unfamiliar with local conditions and emergency response capabilities represent a unique emergency planning and response challenge. Evacuation of the WUI presents a unique challenge that no one entity could address. The Colorado Springs Office of Emergency Management partnered with the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments (PPACG) to create evacuation plans to prepare for the rapid egress of residents in the event of a wildfire, or other disaster.

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