Concentra locations affected by Colorado Wildfires
06/27/2012 // Posted in Press Releases
ROCKRIMMON CENTER REOPENED
6/29/12 UPDATE: The Concentra Urgent Care location in Rockrimmon has now reopened, and is operating under normal business hours. However, the wildfires are still uncontained, and guidance from local and State authorizes may require the closure of the medical center again in the future. It’s recommended that patients and employers call the center in advance, in order to verify operating hours that day.
We encourage our clients and patients to continue to follow news updates about the wildfires, and to take caution as the spread of the fires continues.
The current wildfires in Colorado have forced the evacuation of more than 9,000 residents, and the closure of several major highways and businesses, including Concentra Urgent Care locations. To protect the lives of our patients and colleagues, the following Concentra Urgent Care center will be closed until further notice:
Concentra Urgent Care - Rockrimmon
5320 Mark Dabling Blvd.
Bldg. 7, Suite 100
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
Areas in Colorado Springs under mandatory evacuation include Cedar Heights, Southern Mountain Shadows, Pine Valley, Northern Mountain Shadows and Peregrine, Rockrimmon and Woodmen Valley, Pinon Valley and Pine Cliff.
"An unprecedented weather pattern of hot days and dry conditions has made [Colorado Springs'] fire season among the worst ever. Federal, state, and local authorities are working together to address the situation and are doing everything possible to protect lives and property" said Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper.
The Waldo Canyon fire, which started Saturday, is less than five percent contained since 65-mph wind gusts have sent it surging toward Colorado Springs. It has already destroyed an unknown number of homes and businesses, and continues to grow in strength as fire-fighters work to contain the blaze and limit further destruction of homes and the state's landscape.
Boulder County officials evacuated 26 households when a wildfire erupted Tuesday afternoon following a lightning storm. No structures were immediately threatened, but several businesses have closed as a precaution. Highways out of Colorado Springs are also experiencing more traffic than normal as certain roads have been closed and more residents are forced to leave their homes.
We will continue to post updates to this page about the potential closure of more Concentra Urgent Care locations and estimated reopening. In an effort to keep our clients, patients, and colleagues safe during this changing situation, we have posted some key tips about fire safety, and what to do if caught in a wildfire.
What to do in a wildfire:
- If you see a wildfire and haven't received evacuation orders yet, call 9-1-1
- If advised to evacuate, do so immediately. Lock your home and choose a route away from the fire hazard. Tell someone when you left and where you are going
- Evacuate your pets and anyone with medical or physical limitations and the young immediately
- Place valuable papers, mementos and anything "you can't live without" inside the car in the garage, ready for quick departure
- Turn on outside lights and leave a light on in every room to make the house more visible in heavy smoke
- Leave doors and windows closed but unlocked. It may be necessary for firefighters to gain quick entry into your home to fight fire
- Seek shelter in an area with lower-winds. This will reduce the likelihood of the fire spreading without enough oxygen to move it forward
Additional tips on wildfire safety, and how to protect your home and loved ones is available from the CDC.