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  • 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...

  • Cities now struggling from past fire-suppression efforts

    By MATT STEINER Matt.steiner@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Peter Brown, the keynote speaker at the 2014 Colorado Wildland Fire Conference in Glenwood Springs, described a pattern Wednesday evening of fire suppression that began in the late 19th Century and has left 21st Century fire officials scrambling to stop the western United States from...

  • Colorado Wildfire risk predicted worsen, unless policies change

    By MATT STEINER Matt.steiner@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Bill Hahnenberg took the mic before a packed room at Wednesday's opening day of the 2014 Colorado Wildland Fire Conference and set an ominous tone with his opening presentation. Hahnenberg's monologue painted a dark picture of a state and large section of the country that he says is...

  • 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...

  • Legislation sprouts from the ashes; disaster-related measures expected to win bipartisan approval

    by Megan Schrader megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    DENVER - Colorado lawmakers are gearing up for the 2014 fire season, prepping to spend millions on a new firefighting air fleet, tax incentives for fire mitigation and an improved statewide fire information website. Chairs of the state's wildfire and flood task forces say lawmakers...

  • 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...

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