More Fire Articles

  • Flood, fire mitigation work around Colorado Springs will soon be complete, but land won't heal as quickly

    by Matt Steiner matt.steiner@gazette.com -
    Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Pikes Peak area residents don't have to travel far to see reminders of what two years of fires and floods have done to communities and the land that surrounds them. They see it up close and personal in Black Forest, Manitou Springs, Mountain Shadows and along almost every stretch of...

  • Colorado wildfire conference a chance to share lessons learned

    by matt steiner matt.steiner@gazette.com -
    Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Fire officials, emergency managers and disaster planners from across Colorado will be in Glenwood Springs this week at a wildfire conference. Doug Paul, chairman of the organizing committee for the 2014 Colorado Wildland Fire Conference, said the gathering ran for more than a decade...

  • Udall concerned military cuts could impact firefighting readiness

    by tom roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com -
    Published: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Colorado's U.S. Sen. Mark Udall said the military is ready for another season of battling wildfires from the air, but remains worried that planned cuts could impact readiness. The Democrat visited U.S. Northern Command at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs on Monday and met...

  • Colorado officials worry about fire dangers from target shooting

    by matt steiner matt.steiner@gazette.com -
    Updated: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Target shooters, beware. As summer nears, temperatures will rise, winds will pick up, forest fuels will dry out and the increasingly popular hobby that sends loud cracks of gunfire echoing through U.S. Forest Service lands will become more dangerous. A recent brush fire near...

  • Aerial firefighting bill gets changes, will re-emerge Monday

    BY MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    DENVER - A bill that would launch a Colorado owned and operated aerial firefighting fleet hit some turbulance Thursday in the Senate agricultural committee and was held over until next week. Senate Bill 164, introduced by Sen. Steve King, R-Grand Junction, and Senate President Morgan...

  • Colorado officials advise more fire compensation

    Associated Press -
    Published: Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    DENVER — Five more victims of a deadly 2012 wildfire sparked by what was supposed to have been a controlled burn should get more than $1 million in compensation, the Colorado State Claims Board says. The Denver Post reported Thursday (https://tinyurl.com/nk72syb ) that the board's...

  • Lessons from Hurricane Katrina, Superstorm Sandy shaped quicker military response to Black Forest fire

    by WAYNE HEILMAN wayneh@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    Colorado wildfires have taught military commanders how to respond more quickly to disasters, the deputy commander of U.S. Northern Command told Colorado Springs business and civic leaders during a luncheon Tuesday. Lt. Gen. Michael D. Dubie said helicopters were battling the Black...

  • 5 Colorado fire groups coordinate communications

    Associated Press -
    Published: Mon, Apr 7, 2014

    DENVER — Five fire agencies serving 23 towns and 1 million people in the Denver area are consolidating communications under a single computer dispatch system. The Denver Post reported Monday (https://tinyurl.com/kbj6h2h ) that the Jefferson-Arapahoe Consolidated Computer-Aided...

  • Colorado Springs to hold fire and flood meetings

    by matt steiner matt.steiner@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    The city of Colorado Springs will hold two public meetings at the end of April, one in the southwest part of town to discuss fire danger and mitigation and the other to talk about a flood-control project in the Camp Creek watershed. The fire meeting is scheduled for 6:30 to 8 p.m....

  • A united front: Black Forest residents urged to view fire mitigation as civic duty

    by Debbie Kelley debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sun, Mar 30, 2014

    Fire doesn't care about property lines or homeowners association boundaries. Flames are indiscriminate. Equal opportunity, you might say. That's why the Black Forest Fire/Rescue Protection District is attacking fire safety and mitigation in a different way this season. Instead of...

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