Although businesses here have lost millions in revenue at the peak of our vacation season, everyone wants the world to know that Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Region is open for business as usual! Evacuees have returned home, highway 24 has reopened and the area attractions are open to visitation. Although the fire is still active, it is currently 80% contained (and climbing) and the perimeter is not spreading. The skies are smokeless and blue and we have received much-welcomed rain!
A lot of lessons have been learned here and I'm sure this event will have much to teach to those who may experience something like this in the future. Here are a few photos that show what it was like here the last several days. I've added one NORMAL view of what you can NOW see here at the end: