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  • 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...

  • Dry conditions hinder fight vs. Western wildfires

    Updated: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    WINTERS, Calif. (AP) — Crews battling a wildfire Monday in a rugged patch of far Northern California faced another day of triple-digit temperatures and gusty winds as officials warned the flames could again threaten homes. Such dry conditions have hurt the fight against other...

  • Firefighter injured in NM's Jemez Mountains

    Updated: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    LA CUEVA, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a firefighter from California who was helping with fire prevention and other duties on the Santa Fe National Forest has been injured. The Sandoval County Sheriff's Department says the firefighter either kicked or stepped on something that...

  • 14 fallen firefighters remembered 20 years later

    By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS -
    Updated: Sun, Jul 6, 2014

    GLENWOOD SPRINGS - Relatives and friends of the 14 firefighters who died when a wildfire exploded and trapped them on Storm King Mountain in western Colorado 20 years ago returned to the site of the tragedy Sunday to remember their loved ones. With a group of crosses serving as a...

  • Friendships born from 1994 Storm King tragedy endure

    John Stroud, Glenwood Springs Post Independent
    Updated: Fri, Jul 4, 2014

    A grateful community vowed 20 years ago never to forget the 14 men and women from afar who sacrificed their lives on Storm King Mountain to save homes and lives in Glenwood Springs. “We will never forget” was a pledge made by the city’s leaders at the time to the families of...

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