Volunteer power has been crucial to clearing thousands of trees in Black Forest

By: Ryan Maye Handy ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com

As Sherri Little surveyed a group of volunteers toiling in her Black Forest backyard on Tuesday, a Bible verse came to her mind and brought tears to her eyes.

"Pity the man who falls without someone to pick...

Home struck by lightning; 2nd time for Colorado Springs homeowner


If the odds of winning the lottery are less than being struck by lightning - Kimberly Way of Colorado Springs might want to buy herself a ticket.

After all, Way has now been on the receiving end of one...

Fire training exercise scheduled south of Colorado Springs

By: chhun sun chhun.sun@gazette.com

Live fire training exercises by the Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station fire department will be conducted Monday and Tuesday at the base fire training center located on the installation near Highway 115 and South...

Lightning sparks about dozens of fires in Colorado

By: The Associated Press

CRAIG — Lightning across northwestern Colorado is suspected of sparking about 30 fires over the weekend, keeping firefighters running from one fire to another.

The largest of the wildfires is the Four Mile...

Couple who died in Black Forest fire remembered at memorial dedication

By: CHHUN SUN chhun.sun@gazette.com

Two years ago, Colorado's most destructive fire roared through Black Forest.

It killed two people, destroyed nearly 500 homes and burned more than 14,000 acres.

Saturday's Black Forest Festival...

Colorado Springs Airport will house largest firefighting aircraft in United States

By: RYAN MAYE HANDY ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com

The Colorado Springs Airport announced Wednesday that it will be home to the largest firefighting aircraft in the United States, a business deal that could bring jobs and prestige to the city.

The newly...

Fire at Colorado Springs liquor store causes $200K in damage

By: chhun sun chhun.sun@gazette.com

A weekend fire at a north Colorado Springs liquor store caused more than $200,000 in damage, according to the Colorado Springs Fire Department.

Firefighters began fighting a blaze that broke out around 2...

Fighting fires chews up Forest Service budget at expense of Colorado projects

By: RYAN MAYE HANDY ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com

While catastrophic wildfires have increased in the West over the past decade, Colorado's national forests are suffering from yet another force: budget woes.

Since 2002, a record-breaking drought year in the...