• Wildfire watching: Rangers in towers are out, cameras are in

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — For decades, forest rangers in wooden towers across the West scanned the horizon with binoculars for smoke that could signal the start of a wildfire. Now, scientists in Nevada and California are helping federal land managers develop technology to expand a network of...

  • Colorado Springs family displaced by overnight fire

    BY KKTV -
    Updated: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    A family scrambled to escape after a fire broke out in their Colorado Springs home early Thursday morning. By the time firefighters arrived at the scene on the 800 block of E. Fountain Blvd., flames were engulfing the front of the house. "Heavy fire showing from several windows in...

  • Wildfire film to debut in Colorado Springs this week

    BY RYAN MAYE HANDY ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    "Unacceptable Risk," a film about fighting wildfires in Colorado, will debut in Colorado Springs on Wednesday night . The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with a climate change expert and longtime Colorado Springs firefighter Jim Schanel . The 12-minute film examines...

  • Denver to hold funeral procession for fallen firefighter

    Associated Press
    Updated: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    DENVER — Scores are expected in Denver Tuesday for the funeral procession for a firefighter who died after falling through a skylight while battling a blaze in June. The procession is for 46-year-old John Whelan, who died Wednesday night after shortness of breath sent him to the...

  • Several more days to contain small Colorado wildfire

    Associated Press
    Updated: Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Firefighters say it will take several more days to contain a small wildfire south of Glenwood Springs. Glenwood Springs Fire Chief Gary Tillotson says the fire is limited to about 8 acres. The fire may have been sparked by lightning on Friday in juniper and...

  • Photos: California wildfire jumps highway, burns cars

    The Associated Press
    Updated: Sat, Jul 18, 2015

    NOTE: Scroll to bottom for photo gallery   UPDATE LOS ANGELES — Rain is calming a fast-moving wildfire that sent people running for their lives when flames swept across a California freeway and destroyed 20 cars. The storm on Saturday storm brought relief to crews fighting...

  • Federal disaster declaration issued for spring flooding in Colorado counties

    BY RYAN MAYE HANDY ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    President Barack Obama issued a disaster declaration Thursday for 11 Colorado counties that were heavily damaged by more than a month of unprecedented rain this spring. The declaration ensures that millions of dollars will reach the counties - including El Paso - but the funds are...

  • Denver firefighter dies of injuries he expected to survive

    Associated Press
    Updated: Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    DENVER — A Denver firefighter who fell through a skylight while battling a blaze nearly three weeks ago has died of injuries that he was expected to survive. The Denver Fire Department says 46-year-old John Whelan died Wednesday night after shortness of breath sent him to the...

  • Overnight fire in Colorado Springs being investigated

    By chhun sun chhun.sun@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    A small fire early Thursday morning that was quickly extinguished at the Forestry Operations Center in Colorado Springs is still being investigated hours later, police said. Few details have been released after a fire started at the property around 2 a.m., as both the Colorado...

  • Insurance issues arising from disasters bring little regulatory change to Colorado

    By ryan maye handy ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sun, Jul 12, 2015

    The Colorado Division of Insurance, the regulatory agency charged with protecting consumers, has emerged from years of wildfires and floods with few tools to help it track market health in the state, and remains relatively powerless. Colorado residents are more or less where they...

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