• Lightning strike blamed for Colorado Springs structure fire

    By STEPHEN HOBBS stephen.hobbs@gazette.com -
    Updated: 10 hr ago

    Colorado Springs firefighters contained a structure fire Friday morning that they believe was caused by a lightning strike. The fire, at 3250 Cedar Heights Drive, was reported around 9 a.m. It is northwest of downtown Colorado Springs. The fire was contained before 9:20 a.m.

  • Colorado Springs apartment fire forces evacuation, damages two units

    By chhun sun chhun.sun@gazette.com -
    Updated: 12 hr ago

    An apartment fire at a southwest Colorado Springs apartment complex forced families to evacuate and damaged two units deemed uninhabitable. Firefighters responded to a call about 3:21 a.m. Friday to the Cheyenne Crest Apartments on the 4100 block of Westmeadow Drive, according to...

  • Child helps save family during Colorado Springs house fire

    By chhun sun chhun.sun@gazette.com -
    Yesterday

    An alert child is credited with saving two families from a fire that ignited early Thursday morning, according to Gazette news partner KKTV. The fire began around 1:30 a.m., when occupants of a house in the 1800 block of Pejn Avenue were sleeping, KKTV reported. The child woke up...

  • Fire prediction technology bill moves through Colorado House

    BY MEGAN SCHRADER AND RYAN MAYE HANDY The Gazette -
    Yesterday

    DENVER - The National Center for Atmospheric Research has fire behavior prediction software that could save lives during a wildfire. When NCAR runs the program using the exact conditions of the Yarnell Hill fire that killed 19 Arizona firefighters in 2013, it predicts the unexpected...

  • Colorado Springs watershed will finally get restoration plan

    The Gazette -
    Yesterday

    A $300,000 state grant will help create a flood restoration plan for the Monument Creek watershed, it was announced Wednesday. The 2012 Waldo Canyon fire killed two people and destroyed 346 homes in Colorado Springs. It also denuded hillsides, setting the stage for floods in 2013 that...

  • Man dead after house fire in Castle Rock

    Associated Press
    Updated: Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    CASTLE ROCK — Firefighters say one man is dead after a house fire in Castle Rock. The fire was reported just after 4:30 a.m. Wednesday by neighbors. Firefighters found a man inside the home but were unable to resuscitate him. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Firefighters say...

  • 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...

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