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Buckley supports Waldo Fire evacuees

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Buckley continues to provide support to evacuees from the Colorado Springs area that are being affected by the Waldo Canyon Fire. However there are limited resources, but Buckley will continue to support their personnel to the maximum extent possible.

Resources include the Family Assistance Center in Bldg 606, also referred to as the Airman & Family Readiness Center will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for assistance. Phone numbers are 720-847-6681/6694. During after hours, contact the 460 Space Wing Command Post for assistance at 720-847-4600.

The Buckley Family Camp has limited RV parking abilities to evacuees. Coordinate
with Outdoor Recreation at 720-847-6100 for payment of space use. If it becomes full, additional parking will be available at the Base Exchange and Commissary parking lots next to the Telluride Gate street, east side nearest the Service Station and Fitness Center.

Lodging at the Rocky Mountain Lodge on Buckley is limited at this time. Space-A guests, non-evacuees, may be directed to off-base hotels. Contact lodging directly at 720-847-5899 for updated information on availability.

If you are a federal employee the Federal Employee Emergency Assistance fund is available to help with loans and grants. Their websiteis http://www.feea.org/programs/emergency-assistance.

All non-mission essential temporary duty assignments to Colorado Springs are cancelled in accordance with Air Force Space Command direction until further notice. Avoid the Colorado Springs area as the roadways will continue to be congested.

If you are contacted by a military organization or office wishing to temporarily relocate to Buckley, please contact the 460 SW Plans office at 720-847-5638 for coordination.

If you wish to donate, it's suggested that you make a cash donation to a local service organization, such as Red Cross, that accepts on-line donations. Buckley is not equipped to handle cash donations. For those who would like to know more about donating and volunteering to the firefighting effort, visit www.springsgov.com which offers a comprehensive list of agencies and organizations in need and how to help them. Buckley personnel should contact their commander or first sergeant before volunteering.

The State Health Dept reports air quality daily on their public website at http://www.colorado.gov/airquality/colorado_summary.aspx.

The Buckley Straight Talk Line is currently active and will be updated as the situation warrants. The number is 720-847-7669 (SNOW).

All media queries should be forwarded to the 460 SW Public Affairs office at 720-847-9431.
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