• Lint caused Colorado Springs house fire

    BY STEPHEN HOBBS stephen.hobbs@gazette.com -
    Updated: 35 min ago

    A house fire that displaced three families comprised of nine people and killed four dogs on Constitution Avenue Wednesday evening was caused by a buildup of lint in the home's dryer vent pipe, according to Colorado Springs fire investigators. The fire, reported around 6 p.m. at 4806...

  • 3 families displaced, 4 dogs killed by Colorado Springs house fire

    BY RYAN MAYE HANDY ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: 18 hr ago

    A house fire on Constitution Avenue displaced three families and killed four dogs on Wednesday evening. The fire, which began shortly before 6 p.m. at 4806 Constitution Ave. in eastern Colorado Springs, started in the basement and spread to the upper levels of the home. The fire...

  • Red flag warning Tuesday for most of Colorado

    By Maria St. louis-sanchez The Gazette -
    Updated: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    Gusty winds, low humidity, warm temperatures and dry fuels have prompted a National Weather Service red flag warning for the eastern half of Colorado, including most of El Paso County. The warning lasts from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday. The weather service predicts winds around 10 to...

  • Grass fire west of Fort Carson extinguished, target shooters warned to stay out

    By Kassondra Cloos kassondra.cloos@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    High fire danger Monday didn't seem to discourage shooters from taking aim at flammable objects. The second grass fire in a week was started near Pikes Peak International Raceway on Monday, possibly from sparks caused by people target shooting in a restricted area. The large, open...

  • Fire weather watch in effect for Colorado Springs, El Paso County

    By MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    Fire danger is amping up today and tomorrow in the southeastern Colorado plains including Colorado Springs and El Paso County as winds pick up, humidity levels drop and temperatures climb to near 80 degrees. The National Weather Service in Pueblo issued a red flag warning Monday...

  • 2 treated for smoke inhalation due to Colorado Springs apartment fire

    THE GAZETTE -
    Updated: Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    Two people were treated for smoke inhalation Monday after a fire broke out at an apartment complex off East San Miguel Street, the Colorado Springs Fire Department said. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire at the Palmer Park Apartments. The fire department has not yet said...

  • Fire watch issued in El Paso County for Tuesday with latest forecast

    THE GAZETTE -
    Updated: Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    The National Weather Service in Pueblo has issued a fire weather watch for El Paso County on Tuesday, when high winds and low humidity could make fire danger high. The watch extends to all of Colorado's southeast plains. Winds are expected to range between 15 mph and 25 mph, with...

  • Send your questions about disaster preparation and recovery to The Gazette

    By ryan maye handy ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sun, Mar 22, 2015

    It's that time of year again, when residents around El Paso County should gear up for wildfire and flood season in Colorado. While no one can predict disasters - and it's still too early to tell if the county might have a bad wildfire year - it's never to early to prepare. Do you...

  • Rifle beats out Colorado Springs, four other Colorado communities in bid for new high-tech aerial firefighting center

    By ryan maye handy ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    Rifle will be the home of the Center for Excellence in Advanced Technology Aerial Firefighting, a much sought-after state research center expected to revolutionize firefighting in Colorado, Gov. John Hickenlooper announced Wednesday. The decision to put the center on the Western Slope...

  • Flying W chuck-wagon dinners to return to Colorado Springs

    By ryan maye handy ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    The Flying W Ranch plans to rebuild on its old ranch site that was ravaged by the Waldo Canyon fire and once again serve its chuck-wagon dinners, Executive Director Aaron Winter said this week. The Flying W Ranch Foundation has not made a final offer to a contractor, but expects to...

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