• Fowler fire mostly contained after reigniting Thursday night

    By Kassondra Cloos kassondra.cloos@gazette.com -
    Updated: Fri, Apr 3, 2015

    A wildland fire in Otero county is 80 percent contained after a tree flared up and expanded containment lines Thursday night, according to the La Junta Fire Department. Crews worked fire lines through Thursday night, Chief Aaron Eveatt said Friday morning. Containment lines expanded...

  • Fire near Fowler sparks up after containment

    BY STEPHEN HOBBS stephen.hobbs@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    A fire in Otero County reignited Thursday evening, hours after officials said it was contained. La Junta Fire Chief Aaron Eveatt reported around 8:15 p.m. via Twitter that the fire, near Fowler, had reignited and was burning into Pueblo County. Strong winds brought down trees and...

  • Colorado Springs house fire caused by electrical malfunction

    BY KASSONDRA CLOOS kassondra.cloos@gazette.com -
    Published: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    A fire that displaced a family of three and their two dogs on Tuesday was caused by an accidental electrical malfunction, according to the Colorado Springs Fire Department. The home, in the 200 block of North Franklin Street near Memorial Park, sustained moderate damage, according to...

  • Grass fire west of Fort Carson extinguished, target shooters warned to stay out

    By Kassondra Cloos kassondra.cloos@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Apr 1, 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...

  • Blog: Mountain Shadows fire memorial wins award

    By Jennifer Mulson jen.mulson@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    “Heart,” the fire memorial sculpture in Mountain Shadows Park, recently won the 2015 Mosaic Arts International best in show award. The sculpture was created by Eileen Gay of Sparks, Nev.

  • Send your questions about disaster preparation and recovery to The Gazette

    By ryan maye handy ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    It's that time of year again, when residents around El Paso County should gear up for wildfire and flood season in Colorado. While no one can predict disasters - and it's still too early to tell if the county might have a bad wildfire year - it's never to early to prepare. Do you...

  • El Paso County Sheriff's Office issues cause for Donner Pass fire

    BY KASSONDRA CLOOS kassondra.cloos@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    The cause of a grass fire in a grassy area well-known for illegal target shooting has been ruled undetermined, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office said Monday. The 2-to-3-acre fire near the Pikes Peak International Raceway March 23 was the second in about a week. On March 15, the...

  • Man who accidentally started El Paso County fire was visiting from Denver area

    BY KASSONDRA CLOOS kassondra.cloos@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    An out-of-town man was cited for causing an El Paso County fire that forced evacuations on Saturday. The fire in eastern El Paso County near Peyton, was caused when a man visiting friends or family started a brush fire and apparently left the property, allowing the fire to get out of...

  • Firefighters save dog from burning Colorado Springs house

    KKTV
    Updated: Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    Firefighters rescued a dog from a burning home at 250 N. Franklin St. Tuesday afternoon, according to Gazette news partner KKTV. The Colorado Springs Fire Department responded to a call of a house fire shortly after 1 p.m. near Platte Avenue and North Franklin Street. No injuries...

  • Malcom's arrest doesn't end saga for Cascade water customers

    By Ryan Maye Handy ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    Cascade residents might be relieved by Friday's arrest of Terry Malcom, who allegedly embezzled about $800,000 from the Cascade Metropolitan District, but the town has a long way to go before issues surrounding its water service are solved. Residents have complained about the quality...

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