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We spent Sunday glued to the local 24 hour news coverage. That’s how we first discovered that Woodland Park was on pre-evacuation notice. We continued to watch most of Monday and Tuesday, while also trying to figure out where we would evacuate to. We had offers in Colorado Springs, but Highway 24 was closed, so it would have taken 4 hours to get there. As it turned out, the Springs residents who invited us to stay with them were evacuated later.
Between the constant TV monitoring, we would check out sites like inciweb that gave update info and provided maps like the one above. (No, they didn’t put the arrow in pointing to our house. I added it later.) Now it was dawning how close we were to losing everything.