• Feds say Southwest, Northwest could see catastrophic fires

    The Associated Press
    Updated: Tue, Jun 9, 2015

    DENVER — Despite a wet spring over much of the nation, the Obama administration warned Tuesday of potentially catastrophic wildfires this summer, especially in the Southwest and Northwest. "We've been very fortunate here in the central part of the country to have above-normal...

  • Colorado senators' report: Bureaucratic squabbles hurt wildfire prevention

    By ryan maye Handy ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, Jun 9, 2015

    Colorado U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner brought a report on wildfire mitigation back to Washington, D.C., last week after the report found that congressional squabbles and federal bureaucracy are among the obstacles standing in the way of healthier forests. The report,...

  • Cause of death released on mother who died in Colorado Springs motel fire

    By Ellie mulder ellie.mulder@gazette.com -
    Updated: Mon, Jun 8, 2015

    Brandy Jones, the 33-year-old mother of the family found in a motel fire May 30, died of smoke inhalation, Colorado Springs police said. Jones died of her injuries Thursday, just days after two of her children, 2-year-old Cheyenne and 4-year-old Wade, died from smoke inhalation....

  • Fire training scheduled near Highway 115

    By chhun sun chhun.sun@gazette.com -
    Updated: Mon, Jun 8, 2015

    If you've seen smoke or fire near South Academy Boulevard and Colorado Highway 115, don't panic: It's a planned event. The Cheyenne Mountain AFS Fire Department said that fire training exercises would begin at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the training center near South Academy and 115. "This...

  • Cat dies in house fire in El Paso County

    The Gazette -
    Updated: Sat, Jun 6, 2015

    One cat died in a house fire early Saturday while the residents and their four dogs were at a dog park. Firefighters safely retrieved four other cats from the home in the Claremont Ranch neighborhood in El Paso County, said Robin Widmar, spokeswoman for the Falcon Fire Protection...

  • Colorado Springs mother injured in motel fire dies

    By Ellie mulder AND CHHUN SUN The Gazette -
    Updated: Fri, Jun 5, 2015

    The mother of a family that was pulled from the Ranch Motel fire on May 30 died from her injuries Thursday, just days after two of her children died from smoke inhalation, according to a Colorado Springs Police Department release. Police did not specify the cause of death for Brandy...

  • Mother injured in Colorado Springs motel fire remains in critical condition

    BY ELLIE MULDER ellie.mulder@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Jun 4, 2015

    A mother who was injured in a Colorado Springs motel fire that killed two children remains in critical condition, police said Wednesday. Brandy Jones is hospitalized in the Denver area along with her 10-year-old son, who is improving, according to Colorado Springs police spokeswoman...

  • Building with explosives on fire in Fremont County, evacations ordered

    By KKTV -
    Updated: Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    A quarter-mile radius around a structure fire has been evacuated Wednesday morning due to explosives inside the building on fire. The Fremont County Sheriff's Office says the fire is in a building on Moore Drive in Florence, reports Gazette news partner KKTV. Moore is closed between...

  • Burn scar sediment will be used to stabilize land near Colorado Springs homes

    BY KASSONDRA CLOOS kassondra.cloos@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    Sediment from the Waldo Canyon burn scar captured in a debris basin will be used to stabilize the North Rockrimmon drainage channel, according to a news release issued Monday by the city of Colorado Springs. The $2 million project is the highest priority among $5 million worth of...

  • Children died of smoke inhalation in 'suspicious' Colorado Springs motel fire

    BY CHHUN SUN chhun.sun@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    A 4-year-old boy who suffered injuries from a "suspicious" Colorado Springs motel fire that killed his 2-year-old sister has died, a police spokeswoman said Monday morning. The girl, her two brothers and their mother were taken to Denver-area hospitals after being pulled from their...

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