More Fire Articles

  • Black Forest Fire announces finalists for new chief

    By Ryan Maye Handy ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: 11 hr ago

    Four months after its fire chief resigned following a prolonged sick leave, the Black Forest Fire Department board has narrowed its search for a new chief to three finalists, including current acting Chief Jim Rebitski. The new chief, who will be announced Dec. 10, will replace...

  • Hundreds gather as Waldo Canyon fire memorials are dedicated

    By stephen hobbs stephen.hobbs@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sun, Nov 23, 2014

    On Saturday morning, John and Sheryl Everett listened as elected officials and neighbors in the Mountain Shadows community recounted the harrowing days in June and July 2012, when 347 homes were destroyed and 18,000 acres burned in the Waldo Canyon fire. And the stories from one...

  • Black Forest fire started by humans, but how or by who still unknown, says new report

    By Ryan Maye Handy 
and monica mendoza The Gazette -
    Updated: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    The trail leading to the cause of the Black Forest fire has officially gone cold. After more than a year of investigation, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office announced Tuesday that how the state's most destructive fire started remains a mystery. "We don't have any further leads,"...

  • Cripple Creek Fire Department embarks on lengthy accreditation process

    BY LISA WALTON lisa.walton@gazette.com -
    Updated: Fri, Nov 14, 2014

    A small Pikes Peak region fire department is taking its first steps toward obtaining an accreditation that only about 200 other fire departments in the world have earned. The accreditation is granted by the Center for Public Safety Excellence, a nonprofit corporation dedicated to...

  • Firefighters extinguish fifth structure fire in Pikes Peak region in a week

    lisa walton lisa.walton@gazette.com -
    Published: Fri, Nov 14, 2014

    A fire at a southwest Colorado Springs condominium about 1 p.m. Friday was quickly extinguished by firefighters.
Firefighters arrived to find smoke in the attic, and fire in the walls around a gas fireplace in a unit at the Strawberry Fields gated condominium community, Colorado...

  • Federal grant money goes Black Forest, Waldo Canyon fire recovery efforts

    BY lisa walton lisa.walton@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Nov 12, 2014

    A portion of almost $200 million designated for recovery from floods and fires in the state will come to El Paso County. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has approved Colorado's most recent plan for flood and fire disaster recovery, the Office of Gov. John...

  • Fort Carson likely to cancel planned burn

    By TOM ROEDER tom.roeder@gazette.com -
    Updated: Mon, Nov 10, 2014

    Firefighters were eying gusty winds ahead of a planned burn of Fort Carson rangeland in Pueblo County. The burn was planned for Monday, but a base spokeswoman said gusty winds from a front pushing south through Colorado would likely cancel it. "Safety is our No. 1 concern," she...

  • Internet service for some being restored after Colorado Springs-area fire

    By jakob rodgers jakob.rodgers@gazette.com -
    Updated: Mon, Nov 10, 2014

    (AP) Peak Internet says service is being restored to customers in Woodland Park and Colorado Springs following a fire at one of its facilities. The company says on its Facebook page a vendor delivered replacement equipment on Sunday and technicians hope to have service back up on...

  • El Paso, Teller county communities leaders in Firewise work

    BY lisa walton lisa.walton@gazette.com -
    Published: Tue, Nov 4, 2014

    El Paso County leads the state in the number of neighborhoods and communities to receive a "firewise" designation, with Teller County second, according to the Colorado State Forest Service. The Firewise program, which encourages neighbors to work together to reduce fire risk, has...

  • Off-road motorcycle unit lets Colorado Springs Fire Department respond to any emergency

    BY LISA WALTON lisa.walton@gazette.com -
    Updated: Mon, Nov 3, 2014

    In a region where outdoor thrills are plentiful, ice rescues, lost hikers and injured rock climbers are a year-round reality for the Colorado Springs Fire Department. For some firefighters, mountain rescues are just as much a part of the job as house fires and car crashes. They have an...

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