More Fire Articles

  • Government funds help form a 'community quilt' for Black Forest mitigation

    BY RYAN MAYE HANDY ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, Dec 16, 2014

    For the first time since it was settled more than a century ago, community fire prevention projects are starting in Black Forest, with the help of state and federal fire mitigation grants. Cutting down trees and cleaning up dead pine needles are nothing new to many residents of Black...

  • Small fire in Cheyenne Canyon 100 percent contained

    STEPHEN HOBBS, The Gazette
    Updated: Sat, Dec 13, 2014

    A small fire in Cheyenne Canyon was 100 percent contained by 2 p.m., a spokeswoman for the El Paso County Sheriff's Office said. The fire was estimated at about a tenth of an acre, she said. A plume of smoke from the fire has been spotted sporadically from different parts of the...

  • El Paso County seeks input on updated disaster mitigation plan

    By Kassondra Cloos kassondra.cloos@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sat, Dec 13, 2014

    The Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plan for El Paso County was last updated in 2008. Since then, two major wildfires and severe flooding have ripped through the county in quick succession, changing lives and landscape. It's time to update the plan - it generally gets a serious review...

  • Former Hotshot gets the call as new Black Forest fire chief

    By RYAN MAYE HANDY ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Dec 11, 2014

    Bryan Jack, a Monument native and former Pike Interagency Hotshot crew member, has been appointed chief of the Black Forest Fire Department. Jack was a finalist for the position with acting Chief Jim Rebitski and Scott Van Boerum, a former contractor hired by the federal government...

  • Candidates for Black Forest Fire Chief available in meet-and-greet

    By Ryan Maye handy ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, Dec 9, 2014

    Black Forest residents are invited to a meet-and-greet Tuesday night with the three candidates for chief of the Black Forest Fire Department. The event begins at 6 p.m. at the fire station, at 11455 Teachout Road. The department has spent months searching for a new chief since...

  • Long forgotten development plan raises rebuilding issues for Waldo Canyon fire victims

    By Ryan maye handy ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: Mon, Dec 8, 2014

    For more than 20 years, Parkside resident Donald Meaney's house had a view of the hillsides west of Mountain Shadows. After the Waldo Canyon fire destroyed most of his neighborhood, Meaney designed and rebuilt a new home - one that preserved the best of the old: the view. But a year...

  • El Paso County plans to put teeth into outdoor burning policy

    By ryan maye handy ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Dec 4, 2014

    A few weeks ago, a late night burning of dead trees in Black Forest brought back nightmares to residents still traumatized by the horrific wildfire of 2013. Yet, the smell of smoke and the sight of flames could become more common in Black Forest, as residents and utility companies...

  • No perfect formula to determine how many homes were destroyed in Black Forest fire

    By Ryan maye handy ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: Mon, Dec 1, 2014

    The nature of the Black Forest neighborhood - its isolation amid thick stands of old pine trees - made calculating the fire's losses difficult as county officials struggled to find destroyed homes in the woods. More than a year after the state's most destructive blaze, the number of...

  • Black Forest Fire recovery process has been long and diverse

    By Ryan Maye Handy ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sun, Nov 30, 2014

    There are 154 new homes in the Black Forest neighborhood, and nearly 18 months after the devastating fire more than half of the hundreds of houses destroyed are on track to being rebuilt. But home construction is a small part of how Black Forest residents measure recovery, a process...

  • Black Forest Fire announces finalists for new chief

    By Ryan Maye Handy ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    Four months after its fire chief resigned following a prolonged sick leave, the Black Forest Fire Department board has narrowed its search for a new chief to three finalists, including current acting Chief Jim Rebitski. The new chief, who will be announced Dec. 10, will replace...

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