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  • Tears flow as fallen firefighters honored at annual Colorado Springs memorial service

    By stephen hobbs stephen.hobbs@gazette.com -
    Updated: 3 hr ago

    The ceremony began with a procession of motorcycles and firetrucks headed west on Pikes Peak Avenue to the Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial in Memorial Park. Many in the crowd waiting for the service to begin lined the street and used cellphones or cameras to take videos and photos of...

  • Teams assess damage as California wildfire burns

    Updated: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    POLLOCK PINES, Calif. (AP) — Assessment teams sought Saturday to find out just how many structures have been damaged or destroyed by a massive wildfire that threatens thousands of homes in Northern California. While officials confirmed that several structures have been lost in what is...

  • El Paso County receives more than $250,000 in wildfire grants

    By Lisa Walton and matt steiner The Gazette -
    Published: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    A third round of money from the state's Wildfire Risk Reduction Program will help pay for 37 projects throughout Colorado, including work in El Paso County by the Westcott Fire Protection District, Black Forest Together and the county. Gov. John Hickenlooper's office announced Friday...

  • Changes coming to Fallen Firefighter Memorial after annual service Saturday in Colorado Springs

    By andrea sinclair andrea.sinclair@gazette.com -
    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    A week after 168 union firefighters and emergency service personnel are honored Saturday in Colorado Springs, the landmark memorial where the annual service takes place will be rebuilt to make room for thousands of additional names. Nearly $4 million from the International...

  • Rampart Range Road could open in fall, but no timetable for Waldo Canyon Trail

    By lance benzel lance.benzel@gazette.com -
    Updated: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    A closed portion of Rampart Range Road might reopen this fall, but don't count on a return to Waldo Canyon Trail anytime soon. That's the latest word from the U.S. Forest Service on two hot-button closures at popular recreation areas west of Colorado Springs. In an interview with...

  • Community comes together to honor heroes of Waldo Canyon fire

    By stephen hobbs stephen.hobbs@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sun, Sep 14, 2014

    Gary Tedeschi knew he was not dealing with a normal fire when he saw a sudden rush of deer and other animals coming toward him. The Colorado Springs police officer was aiding the crowd and traffic control effort in the Mountain Shadows neighborhood when flames sprung over a hill...

  • Weather slows Yosemite wildfire that dozens fled

    Updated: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Cooler weather on Monday slowed the spread of a wildfire that forced the helicopter evacuation of dozens of people from the famous Half Dome rock in Yosemite National Park. "We were pleasantly surprised with high humidity and scattered showers...

  • Chopping scorched Flying W trees a valuable experience for fire crews

    By andrea sinclair andrea.sinclair@gazette.com -
    Updated: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    Chain saws roared and charred trees crashed on rain-moistened grass and brush at Flying W Ranch on Sunday, as a team of firefighters continued the daunting task of clearing nearly 1,600 acres of trees burned in the Waldo Canyon fire. The mitigation project is a partnership between the...

  • Firefighter uses drone to study burned buildings

    Associated Press
    Published: Sun, Sep 7, 2014

    WINDSOR — A volunteer firefighter with Windsor Severance Fire Rescue has found a way to incorporate a drone into his work. Loveland resident Mike Vickerman uses a drone he purchased in late July to help WSFR investigate fire-damaged structures and capture events in northern Colorado....

  • Dozens seek millions in suit against fire district, county and state

    By matt steiner matt.steiner@gazette.com -
    Updated: Fri, Sep 5, 2014

    Dozens of plaintiffs took action in mid-August to hold El Paso County, the state of Colorado and the Black Forest Fire Board of Directors accountable for losses sustained in the June 2013 Black Forest fire. A civil lawsuit, filed by Darrell Fortner on Aug. 16 in U.S. District Court...

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