• 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...

  • 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...

  • Red Cross Hometown Heroes: Volunteer Cascade firefighters lauded for fire, flood work

    By ryan maye handy ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    While Colorado Springs watched the Waldo Canyon fire burn eastward, a group of volunteer firefighters was stuck on the fire's west side, defending more than 400 homes in Cascade. Cascade's 15-person, all-volunteer crew worked straight through the first 24 hours of the devastating...

  • Colorado Springs apartment complex fire controlled

    THE GAZETTE -
    Published: Sat, Mar 14, 2015

    A fire at Vista Peak Apartments on Saturday night was brought under control with damage confined to the apartment of origin, the Colorado Springs Fire Department reported on Twitter. The blaze, at 1256 Potter Drive, was undergoing salvage and overhaul work by about 8:45 p.m. as...

  • Royal Gorge continues comeback from wildfire with opening of tramway, theater

    By Wayne Heilman wayneh@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sat, Mar 14, 2015

    The Royal Gorge Bridge & Park's effort to rebound from a devastating 2013 fire will take a major leap Saturday as it opens a new $4 million tramway and reopens its Plaza Theater. The June 2013 wildfire destroyed an aerial tram and all but four of the park's 52 structures, and...

  • Crews battle overnight warehouse fire

    KKTV
    Updated: Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    An industrial area was lit up in orange early Friday morning as firefighters battled a massive fire in a Pueblo warehouse, reports Gazette news partner KKTV. Seven-foot flames were shooting out of the roof when Pueblo firefighters first got to the Midwest Fabrication and Steel...

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