Faces of the Fire


A photo documentary and gallery show of the Waldo Canyon Fire as told by the residents who lived there.

Opening March 1, 2013 at the Gold Hill Mesa Community Center

142 Raven Mine Dr.

Hours are Wed - Sun, noon to 5, and select Friday evenings 5-7.

Created by Wendy Pearce Nelson and Liz Cobb

In June of 2012 nearly 350 homes were destroyed by the Waldo Canyon Fire, and two residents lost their lives. How did such a tragedy occur? What were the atmospheric conditions that pushed the fire with such ferocity down Queens Canyon and into the Mountain Shadows neighborhood? What was it like for the residents to pack up in minutes, evacuate in a state of chaos, watch the firestorm unfold real-time on television and through social media channels, and ultimately return to their beloved neighborhood, now a sea of ash and debris?

Faces of the Fire will answer these questions while documenting and preserving the evolution of the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history. Through their memories and mementos, the photo essays will tell the stories of families whose lives have been changed forever.

Every resident of Mountain Shadows has their own story to tell. Read their account of what they were thinking, hearing, smelling and seeing days, hours and even minutes before the Waldo Canyon fire destroyed nearly 350 homes in their neighborhood. Connect with them through their portraits, as well as photos of the precious mementos saved from the fire or found in the aftermath. Faces of the Fire promises to be a compelling documentary of the Waldo Canyon fire as told by the Mountain Shadows residents who lived through the ordeal.

Other Display Features:

  • Image gallery featuring more than 30 portraits and stories
  • Video stations featuring interviews with meteorologists, ­fire officials and others explaining the science, weather and unique circumstances leading to this devastating event
  • Aerial map of burn area
  • Plaque honoring all 347 families who lost their homes
  • Personal and archival artifacts
  • Large-scale photos of critical fire moments
  • Community rebuilding efforts