More Black Forest Fire Articles

  • Black Forest adjusts budget to compensate for $100,000 investigation

    lisa walton lisa.walton@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    The Black Forest Fire/Rescue District held a public meeting Thursday to discuss 2014 budget adjustments needed to compensate for more than $100,000 internal investigation into its fire chief's handling of the Black Forest fire. The hefty fee for the investigation, which cleared Fire...

  • Black Forest firefighter position cut to pay for investigation

    News services -
    Updated: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    A part-time firefighter position is being eliminated and there will no longer be any paid firefighters at one fire station in Black Forest because of the high cost of an internal investigation. The money was spent for independent investigation into the Black Forest Fire and their...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Colorado Springs teen barters rare Lego for set of wheels

    by Debbie Kelley debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Published: Wed, Apr 2, 2014

    A few months ago, 15-year-old Wes Crockett had no idea where a wacky idea he had for a school project would lead. The ending couldn't have turned out better. Last week, a local charity, Crosses for Losses, got something it needed: an ambulance. On Tuesday, Wes got something he really...

  • 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...

  • Hometown Heroes: El Pomar fulfills mission during region's back-to-back wildfires

    By Lisa Walton, lisa.walton@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sun, Mar 23, 2014

    When wildfires burned across the region in 2012 and 2013, the El Pomar Foundation helped to make back-to-back disasters less devastating for the community. During 2013's Black Forest fire, the organization awarded more than 30 grants totaling more than $600,000, said Terrance...

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