• Pikes Peak region tree planting an effort to fast forward nature

    BY RYAN MAYE HANDY ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    It takes a swift-moving worker 15 seconds to plant a year-old ponderosa pine in the Pike National Forest, but it will take a delicate balance of sunlight and moisture over nearly a century for that tree to mature. The U.S. Forest Service has steadily replanted ponderosas for years in...

  • Two injured in fatal Colorado Springs fire identified as 67-year-old woman, teen boy

    By chhun sun
    Updated: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    The two people who were injured in a fatal fire at a Georgetown Square townhome last weekend were a 67-year-old woman and a 14-year-old boy, Colorado Springs police said Tuesday afternoon. They were taken to the hospital and later released, police said. The two, whose names were not...

  • Red flag warning called for Tuesday in El Paso County, but relief could soon be here

    By STEPHEN HOBBS stephen.hobbs@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    A red flag warning has been called for most of El Paso County after noon Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service in Pueblo. The warning, which is issued when relatively low humidity, dry conditions and gusting winds can increase fire danger, is from 1 and 8 p.m. and covers...

  • Colorado Springs man who died in weekend fire identified

    BY CHHUN SUN chhun.sun@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    The Colorado Springs man who died after a weekend townhome fire has been identified as Jasen Martinez, police said Monday. Martinez, 40, died Saturday after a fire was reported about 2:40 p.m. at the Georgetown Square complex near Constitution Avenue and North Academy Boulevard. The...

  • Wildfires burn in Pike National Forest and near Durango

    Associated Press
    Updated: Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    JEFFERSON — Firefighters are working to contain two wildfires burning in Colorado. Fire managers expect to have a 250-acre wildfire burning near Kenosha Pass fully contained by Monday evening. The U.S. Forest Service says 40 firefighters are working to build hotspots and build...

  • Several firefighters needed to remove man from burned Colorado Springs home

    By Wayne Heilman wayneh@gazette.com -
    Updated: Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    Colorado Springs police have not identified a man who died in a townhome fire Saturday at Georgetown Square near Constitution Avenue and North Academy Boulevard. The man "was a very large individual" and two crews totaling eight firefighters were needed to remove him from the home,...

  • Teller County grass fire 'believed' to be caused by cigarette

    By chhun sun chhun.sun@gazette.com -
    Updated: Fri, Apr 10, 2015

    The Western Hills grass fire that grew to about 100 acres and forced a dozen families from their homes on Tuesday is "believed" to be caused by a discarded cigarette, the Teller County Sheriff's Office said in a press release Friday morning. Considered accidental, the fire began...

  • Teller County fire contained, but crews keeping eye on hot spots

    BY CHHUN SUN chhun.sun@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    The remaining Teller County families who were displaced by Tuesday's grass fire on Western Hills were allowed to return home later in the evening, El Paso County Sheriff Mike Ensminger said Wednesday. At least a dozen nearby homes were evacuated Tuesday afternoon after the fire grew...

  • Family displaced as fire ruins Peyton mobile home

    By chhun sun And Kassondra Cloos chhun.sun@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    A mobile home was nearly half consumed by fire Wednesday afternoon in El Paso County, according to the Ellicott Fire Department. The home was likely damaged beyond repair, with at least half of the structure missing after firefighters put out the blaze. The fire started around 2 p.m....

  • Fire destroys barn east of Colorado Springs

    By lance benzel and STEPHEN HOBBS The Gazette -
    Updated: Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    Firefighters from across the county battled a barn fire east of Colorado Springs Wednesday morning. The fire was reported around 9 a.m. near the southwest corner of Bradshaw Road and Cleese Court in Peyton, El Paso County sheriff's dispatchers said. The barn was destroyed. Fire...

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