• More than 100 acres burn near Fort Carson shooting range

    BY RYAN MAYE HANDY ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sun, Feb 8, 2015

    A small grass fire at the Cheyenne Mountain Shooting Complex burned more than 100 100 near a Fort Carson shooting range on Sunday. The shooting complex is near the post's Gate 20, off the Mesa Ridge Parkway exit to Fountain from Interstate 25. As of 5:30 p.m. Sunday, the fire had...

  • Black Forest residents encouraged to work together to mitigate fire danger

    By stephen hobbs stephen.hobbs@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sat, Feb 7, 2015

    With record high temperatures, gusty winds and grass fires returning to the region in recent weeks, it was fitting that about 100 people turned out to Black Forest Saturday to talk about fire mitigation. "Another fire is on it's way, it's inevitable," Cody Poole, a Black Forest...

  • Fire forces brief evacuation at Fountain Wal-Mart

    KKTV
    Updated: Sat, Feb 7, 2015

    A small fire created a big scene at the Fountain Wal-Mart late Saturday morning, reported Gazette partner KKTV 11 News. A fire started in one of the bathrooms at the 6310 Hwy. 85/87 location shortly before 11:30 a.m., forcing the entire store to evacuate while firefighters responded....

  • Grass fire in eastern El Paso County under control, tire pile burned

    By Kassondra Cloos kassondra.cloos@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sat, Feb 7, 2015

    When Bob Probst moved to the grassy lands of eastern El Paso County from Longmont two years ago, people told him to get a long garden hose in case some of that grass caught fire. He did, and on Friday, he was grateful for that advice. The 200- to 250-foot hose fell victim Friday to a...

  • U.S. Forest Service updates status of Rampart Range Road

    By Lance Benzel lance.benzel@gazette.com -
    Updated: Fri, Feb 6, 2015

    Rampart Range Road officially is closed to vehicle traffic for the season. Although the road was supposed to be shut down for a seasonal closure in early December, U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Barb Timock said land managers kept it open until this month to make up for the...

  • Colorado Springs to make a pitch to become wildfire research hub

    BY RYAN MAYE HANDY ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Feb 5, 2015

    Colorado Springs is making a pitch to host a new state-funded center for fire research, a technology hub that could help propel Colorado to the forefront of revolutionizing how wildfires are fought. The Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance plans to submit a report this week...

  • Authorities: Person found dead in burning Fountain house; car missing

    By jakob Rodgers jakob.rodgers@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Feb 5, 2015

    Fountain firefighters battling a house fire early Wednesday discovered a body inside the burning home, and police said they are investigating it as a suspicious death. The person found in the house at 943 Candlestar Loop South is not believed to have died in the blaze, Fountain police...

  • Website will help reunite people with pets after disaster

    BY RYAN MAYE HANDY ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Feb 4, 2015

    In the hours and days after the Black Forest fire erupted June 11, 2013, the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region began the task of reuniting people with their misplaced animals - including horses, cats, dogs, cattle and even a parrot separated from their owners. Shelter and...

  • Wildlife has thrived in wake of the Waldo Canyon fire

    By Kassondra Cloos kassondra.cloos@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Feb 4, 2015

    As unbelievable as it may be, given the large-scale destruction of the Waldo Canyon fire, wildlife has more than just bounced back. Bighorn sheep and other large game animals are thriving in the wake of the 2012 fire, say officials from Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the U.S. Forest...

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