• Watch what Fourth of July fireworks you light in Pikes Peak region

    BY ELLIE MULDER ellie.mulder@gazette.com -
    Updated: 11 hr ago

    Don't get burned by not knowing what you can and cannot celebrate with on the Fourth of July - keep this information in mind to stay safe and legal with fireworks this holiday weekend. In El Paso County, only certain fireworks are restricted, while fountain and ground spinner...

  • Lightning starts wildfire in Dinosaur Monument in Colorado

    Associated Press
    Yesterday

    DINOSAUR NATIONAL MONUMENT — A wildfire sparked by lightning has burned just under 1 square mile in Dinosaur National Monument in northwestern Colorado. Authorities said Monday the fire is burning in grass, brush and Ponderosa pine trees in a remote part of the monument. It was...

  • Could El Paso County disaster policy be endangering lives and property?

    By ryan maye handy ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Yesterday

    When flood waters blasted Fountain Creek in 2013, longtime farmer Dave Kinischtzke knew more was at stake than his farm - with state utility poles and pipelines crossing his land and an important watershed downstream, Kinischtzke needed to stabilize the swollen creek that ran along his...

  • Analysis: Tracking the money spent on disaster recovery in the Pikes Peak region

    By ryan maye handy ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    El Paso County continues to receive millions of federal, state and private funds targeted at disaster recovery. More than $56 million came into the county to help fund recoveries from the 2012 Waldo Canyon fire, the 2013 Black Forest fire and the September 2013 floods - all of which...

  • Side Streets: Waldo Canyon fire anniversary doubly sad as vandals destroy memorial children's bench

    Bill Vogrin
    Updated: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    Three years ago today, the Waldo Canyon fire exploded down the Front Range into Mountain Shadows, killing two, destroying 346 homes and causing $453.7 million in losses. But instead of simply observing the sad anniversary, some are mourning the recent vandalism of a memorial bench...

  • Lightning strike sparks house fire in Colorado Springs

    By KKTV -
    Updated: Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    Lightning struck a northeast Colorado Springs home around 11:40 Monday night, causing "significant damage" to the back of the house, according to the Colorado Springs Fire Department. "He heard just a huge crash ...sparks were flying from the ceiling, right after that he noticed...

  • Memories still raw as Black Forest residents gather to view progress on fire memorial

    By Kassondra Cloos kassondra.cloos@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sun, Jun 14, 2015

    Memories of the heat, the smoke, the glow of the flames and the ash that fell like snow are seared into the minds of those who lost everything two years ago in the Black Forest fire: the house, the car, the things you forgot you even had until it's two years too late to save them....

  • Waldo Canyon, Black Forest fire victims see dissimilar outcomes

    By Maria St. louis-sanchez maria.sanchez@gazette.com
    Updated: Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    It was the worst of fires - and then came another one even worse. It was a fire in a subdivision and then it was one in a wooded, rural community. It was a fire of quick rebuilding and then it was one where the landscape won't return for a generation. The month of June marks the...

  • Insurance deadline looms for victims of 2013 Black Forest fire

    By Maria St. louis-sanchez maria.sanchez@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    The second anniversary of the Black Forest fire on Thursday brings a deadline for many fire victims: it will be their last chance to sue their insurance companies and their last chance to seek to collect the full amount of money they are owed to replace belongings. "We don't want...

  • Fire forces evacuation of Colorado Springs taco shop

    BY KASSONDRA CLOOS kassondra.cloos@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Jun 10, 2015

    A rooftop restaurant fire evacuated about six businesses Wednesday afternoon on North Academy Boulevard. Colorado Springs firefighters responded to Nacos Tacos at 233 N. Academy Blvd. shortly after 3 p.m. after receiving multiple calls about a fire at the restaurant. Flames were...

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