Rockies to aid Colorado wildfire-relief effort

Rockies to aid Colorado wildfire-relief effort

DENVER -- On a pair of nights featuring fireworks at the ballpark, the Rockies will be pitching in to help in the efforts associated with fighting Colorado's record-breaking wildfires.

Hundreds of homes have already been lost, with tens of thousands of residents forced to evacuate in a fire season that is currently absorbing half of the nation's firefighting resources. President Barack Obama has scheduled a visit to Colorado Springs, Colo., on Friday to visit the Waldo Canyon Fire, which has caused the greatest loss of homes to date.

"We are all devastated by the wildfires currently burning in our state, and we are doing everything we can to help," Rockies owner and CEO Dick Monfort said Thursday. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by these fires."

Fans will be able to make cash, check or credit card donations at Coors Field on Friday and Saturday night, with the Rockies and Padres facing off both nights. Friday's game is at 6:10 p.m. MT, and Saturday's first pitch is at 5:15 p.m. Gates open two hours before game time both nights.

One hundred percent of all donations will go directly to Colorado's fire relief efforts, and the Rockies have pledged a significant donation as an organization, though they have not disclosed the amount.