More Fire Articles

  • Couple who lost their home in Black Forest Fire to be awarded Keeper of the Keys

    By Carol McGraw carol.mcgraw@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sat, Aug 9, 2014

    The Keeper of the Keys. It sounds like a character's title in the TV fantasy "Game of Thrones." Ray Rozak and his wife, Lin, could star in the epic tale. But their life's saga is story enough. The Keepers title will be bestowed on them Sunday at the Black Forest Community Hall. The...

  • Researchers hope to understand long-term effects of trauma through survey of Black Forest, Waldo Canyon fire victims

    By matt steiner matt.steiner@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Aug 7, 2014

    A group of researchers are turning their attention to the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest fires with the hope of learning more about families and how they cope with disaster. A behavior expert and a research associate from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs are part of the...

  • Colorado Springs firefighters help battle massive Washington state wildfire

    By andrea sinclair andrea.sinclair@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Aug 7, 2014

    Colorado Springs Fire Capt. David Vitwar wanted to battle wildland fires since he began his career more than two decades ago, an opportunity he didn't pass up when he volunteered to deploy as a Type 1 Safety Officer Trainee with the Rocky Mountain Type 1 Incident Management Team....

  • Blog: Waldo Canyon, Black Forest fire victims can help with research

    Matt Steiner, The Gazette
    Updated: Wed, Aug 6, 2014

    Researchers with three universities west of the Mississippi River, including the University of Colorado Colorado Springs are looking for wildfire victims to help with their research. UCCS, the University of California Santa Barbara and the University of Iowa are conducting a series...

  • Royal Gorge Bridge & Park officials set 'soft' reopening date

    By Carie Canterbury, Cañon City Daily Record
    Updated: Tue, Aug 5, 2014

    Royal Gorge Bridge & Park officials have estimated August 2014 for the reopening the bridge and park. Mike Bandera, vice president and general manager, said opening day is estimated to be Aug. 30, just in time for Labor Day weekend, but it will be a "soft" opening, without a lot...

  • Black Forest fire cause investigation moves to DA's office

    By matt steiner matt.steiner@gazette.comc -
    Updated: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    The El Paso County Sheriff's Office investigation into the cause of the Black Forest fire is now complete and in the hands of the District Attorney. The sheriff's office announced Wednesday that it had received the missing information it needed before being able to give its report to...

  • Victor fire leaves historic building owner devastated

    By Stephen Hobbs, stephen.hobbs@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    Barbara McMillan is devastated. The owner of the Western Federation of Miners Union Hall in Victor, a town southwest of Colorado Springs, has poured an estimated $400,000 revitalizing the building "from the ground to the top" since she bought it about four years ago. Her determined...

  • Colorado pays nearly $18 million to wildfire victims

    Associated Press
    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    DENVER — People impacted by a 2012 Colorado wildfire started by the state have gotten their compensation payments from the government. The payments disbursed this week total nearly $18 million for about nearly two dozen parties with outstanding claims from the Lower North Fork Fire....

  • Drone almost blocks California firefighting planes

    Updated: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    SHINGLE SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — A private drone trying to record footage of a Northern California wildfire nearly hindered efforts to attack the flames from the air, but firefighters made enough progress to allow most of the 1,200 people under evacuation orders to return home Monday....

  • Progress made on wildfire near ranches, oil wells in northwest Colorado

    Associated Press
    Published: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    CRAIG — Firefighters are making progress against a wildfire burning near ranches and oil and gas wells in northwestern Colorado. The Elk Springs Fire was listed at about 450 acres Monday. Fire managers say good weather has helped crews contained 90 percent of the fire. It which...

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