More Fire Articles

  • Hot, dry conditions increase fire danger in western Colorado

    By John Stroud, Glenwood Springs Post-Independent
    Published: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    Although the summer fire season has been relatively uneventful across the upper Colorado River region, the recent heat wave coupled with only brief, mostly localized rains has area fire officials on heightened alert. A small brush fire that broke out near Basalt on Monday and another...

  • Retired teachers put 'good intentions' to work in gift for Waldo Canyon fire victim

    By Carol McGraw carol.mcgraw@gazette.com -
    Updated: 4 hr ago

    Jane Neff calls them "good intentions" - all those pieced blocks and tops that quilters hope to finish someday, but never do. Most of such craft work disappears into closets never to be seen again until they end up in a garage sale or maybe an antique store. Neff, a retired teacher,...

  • Wildfire scorches 5,000 acres in northwest Colorado

    Associated Press
    Updated: 5 hr ago

    CRAIG — Crews are battling a wildfire that has scorched about 5,000 acres in northwestern Colorado. Lynn Barclay with the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit says the Alkali Fire was reported north of Maybell at about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday and made significant runs through...

  • Summer Heat Academy gives girls a chance to build confidence, learn about fire service

    By stephen hobbs stephen.hobbs@gazette.com -
    Updated: 13 hr ago

    Before she began to perform CPR, Skylar Sypher looked at her sister Taylor for guidance. The two were motioning back at forth to each other, communicating what Skylar needed to do to correctly administer the procedure. Then, the 18-year-old started pumping on a dummy's chest,...

  • Footage of Waldo Canyon Fire earns Colorado Springs firefighter a local Emmy

    BY lisa walton lisa.walton@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sun, Jul 20, 2014

    Most firefighters don't win local Emmy awards. But Steve Schopper is not the average firefighter. He's an audio video specialist for the Colorado Springs Fire Department, and he is a volunteer lieutenant with the Manitou Springs Fire Department. The 61-year-old Schopper's footage...

  • Keeping documents, artifacts safe when disaster hits

    by carol mcgraw carol.mcgraw@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sat, Jul 19, 2014

    Tim Blevins and Dennis Daily, who manage the special collections at the Penrose Library, carry small pocket-size planners at all times. When unfurled, they have access to everything they need to know in case of disaster - how to call FEMA and first responders, facilities layouts,...

  • Family of six displaced by apartment fire in Colorado Springs

    By Stephen Hobbs, stephen.hobbs@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    A family of two adults and four children was displaced after a fire broke out in a second-story Esperanza Village apartment Tuesday morning. No one was injured in the fire , Colorado Springs Fire Department spokesman Capt. Steve Oswald said, and it did not spread to any other units....

  • California wildfire threatens dozens more homes

    The Associated Press
    Updated: Tue, Jul 15, 2014

    REDDING, Calif. (AP) — A stubborn wildfire in Northern California that authorities say was sparked by exhaust from a truck was threatening dozens of additional homes on Tuesday. The Bully Fire around the rural community of Igo in Shasta County was threatening more than 50 homes, up...

  • Hot, dry weather encouraging western wildfires

    Updated: Mon, Jul 14, 2014

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Southern Oregon wildfire destroyed six homes and 14 other buildings, and dozens of additional blazes ignited after thousands of lightning strikes lashed the state. The destructive Moccasin Hill fire — named for a longstanding subdivision — began Sunday...

  • Man accused of starting N. California wildfire

    Updated: Sun, Jul 13, 2014

    REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Authorities believe a wildfire in Northern California was sparked by the exhaust from a truck driven by a man delivering supplies to an illegal marijuana plot. Freddie Alexander Smoke III, 27, of Sacramento was arrested Saturday for investigation of recklessly...

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