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  • Volunteer fire crews understaffed

    By Katie Kuntz and Burt Hubbard Rocky Mountain PBS I-News -
    Updated: 10 hr ago

    Volunteer firefighters protect about half of Colorado's residents, with solely volunteer departments being responsible for about 70 percent of the state's land surface. And they are significantly understaffed. The Colorado State Fire Chiefs Association estimates that Colorado is...

  • Pueblo dispatch center sends local firefighters around the country

    by lisa walton lisa.walton@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    Things are finally calming down for a Pueblo fire dispatch center that deployed regional firefighters to battle wildfires around the western United States this summer. "When Oregon and Idaho were really ramping up, in a one-week period we processed over 200 requests," said Tammy...

  • Status of Black Fores Fire Station 2 still up for debate

    lisa walton lisa.walton@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sun, Aug 24, 2014

    It's been four months since the Black Forest Fire Protection District board members eliminated part-time paid staffing at Fire Station 2. The move and the status of the station have been a point of contention for current and former board members and residents since the move was...

  • Black Forest fire chief's status remains muddled although board hasn't heard from Harvey in 11 weeks

    BY Lisa Walton lisa.walton@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    Black Forest Fire Chief Bob Harvey has not officially resigned, but his actions, including his refusal to communicate with the board, have amounted to a public resignation, fire district board members said Wednesday night. At its monthly meeting, the Black Forest Fire Rescue...

  • Calif. wildfires: Some 
evacuees return home

    The Associated Press -
    Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    OAKHURST, Calif. - Firefighters gained ground Tuesday on a blaze in the foothills near Yosemite National Park, allowing some of the 1,000 people who fled the flames to return to their homes. Nearly 1 square mile in Madera County had been scorched, revising earlier estimates that it...

  • Bear cub burned in Washington wildfire recovering

    The Associated Press
    Updated: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) — A black-bear cub burned in a devastating Washington state wildfire is making a slow recovery at a California wildlife center. The cub, named Cinder, still has third-degree burns on her paws that require new bandages every other day, and she's still on pain...

  • New planes could have helped firefighters locate Waldo Canyon fire before it grew

    By RYAN HANDY Special to The Gazette -
    Updated: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    On the searing-hot morning of June 23, 2012, Chris Como and his wife were hiking on Waldo Canyon trail when they saw a puff of smoke. "I guess it was around noon, and my wife was looking over my shoulder," Como recalled two years later. She thought she saw something; he saw nothing....

  • 'A game-changer:' PC-12s put Colorado firefighters ahead of the curve

    By RYAN HANDY Special to The Gazette -
    Updated: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    State officials closed the deal last week to add two rare multimission aircraft to Colorado's Firefighting Air Corps, a move that will usher in a new age of tech-savvy firefighting. The two PC-12s will be equipped with remote sensing thermal technology designed to see through smoke,...

  • Technology will make mapping fires more timely, accurate

    By RYAN HANDY Special to The Gazette -
    Updated: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    When he thinks of fire maps, fire researcher Phil Riggan thinks of a story. In it, a Western governor grappling with a catastrophic wildfire asks a firefighter to show him where the fire is. The firefighter points to a map, a classic firefighting tool put together every 12 hours with...

  • New Pavilion adds to Black Forest Festival celebration

    By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sun, Aug 17, 2014

    It's back. The feeling that there's something great to celebrate returned to Black Forest Saturday, during the community's annual homegrown street festival. And this year, the 2,000 or so residents and friends welcomed a new, permanent addition that many believe will bring more of a...

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