<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - fire]]> http://gazette.com/rss/fire Sun, 04 Oct 2015 11:02:31 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Former fire chief Bob Harvey suing Black Forest fire district for $1 million]]> http://gazette.com/former-fire-chief-bob-harvey-suing-black-forest-fire-district-for-1-million/article/1560552?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/former-fire-chief-bob-harvey-suing-black-forest-fire-district-for-1-million/article/1560552?custom_click=rss

Bob Harvey, the former chief of the Black Forest Fire Rescue Protection District, has sued the fire district for $1 million on the grounds of defamation, emotional harm and that he was wrongfully terminated in 2014.

The beleaguered chief's departure in June 2014 was mysterious. By Harvey's account last summer, he resigned after a prolonged sick leave due to post-traumatic stress disorder after the Black Forest Fire in 2013.

The Black Forest fire board said in an Aug. 20, 2014, meeting that it had not heard from Harvey in 11 weeks and his refusal to communicate amounted to a public resignation. Despite the lack of communication, the board said it had not fired Harvey, but was searching for a new chief.

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Sun, 04 Oct 2015 10:07:16 -0600
<![CDATA[Firefighters battle wildfire in Summit County]]> http://gazette.com/firefighters-battle-wildfire-in-summit-county/article/1560537?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/firefighters-battle-wildfire-in-summit-county/article/1560537?custom_click=rss

SILVERTHORNE — Summit County firefighters are battling a wildfire that has scorched more than 70 acres.

About 50 firefighters responded to the fire burning north of Silverthorne on Friday night, and more were sent in on Saturday.

So far, no injuries or damage to structures have been reported.

The fire is on national forest land and is being called the Cemetery Ridge fire.

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Sat, 03 Oct 2015 11:51:58 -0600
<![CDATA[Cigarette on bed the cause of fire at Colorado Springs apartment complex]]> http://gazette.com/cigarette-on-bed-the-cause-of-fire-at-colorado-springs-apartment-complex/article/1560320?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cigarette-on-bed-the-cause-of-fire-at-colorado-springs-apartment-complex/article/1560320?custom_click=rss

A Colorado Springs apartment complex caught fire Wednesday afternoon, leaving dozens of people displaced.

Six people were treated and released at the El Vecino Apartments complex for smoke inhalation and other injuries, including one person rescued from the burning unit. The fire was ruled accidental, caused by "improper disposal of smoking materials," according to Colorado Springs Fire Capt. Steve Oswald, a spokesman.

A woman who said she lives next door to the burning unit said she heard a man shouting "Help, help, my cigarette is on the bed, it's on fire."

Nicole Lempereur said she and Jacqueline Johnson moved in four days ago and they were worried all their belongings had been destroyed by smoke.

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Wed, 30 Sep 2015 22:05:55 -0600
<![CDATA[UPDATE: Mobile home a total loss in fire north of Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/update-mobile-home-a-total-loss-in-fire-north-of-colorado-springs/article/1560233?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/update-mobile-home-a-total-loss-in-fire-north-of-colorado-springs/article/1560233?custom_click=rss

A blaze Tuesday morning that destroyed a vacant mobile home north of Colorado Springs was put out in about an hour by several agencies, according to reports.

Fire departments from Palmer Lake, Larkspur, Black Forest, Wescott and Colorado Springs assisted at the 7:30 a.m. fire on the 1600 block of Kingswood Drive, said Tri-Lakes/Monument fire chief Chris Truty.

Truty said the structure was "a total loss" and the fire was considered accidental after work was completed on the trailer Monday, though he did not disclose details.

The double-wide trailer had been unoccupied for at least a month, Truty said.

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Tue, 29 Sep 2015 13:52:54 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs police seek person who tried to start fire at bank]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-police-seek-person-who-tried-to-start-fire-at-bank/article/1560249?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-police-seek-person-who-tried-to-start-fire-at-bank/article/1560249?custom_click=rss

A person who attempted to start a fire at a Wells Fargo Bank earlier this month is being sought by Colorado Springs police.

On Sept. 8, Colorado Springs firefighters and police officers responded to the report of a gas smell at the bank at 5495 N. Academy Blvd., Colorado Springs police said Tuesday in a news release.

Authorities found a glass jar filled what was believed to be gasoline in the overnight drop box on the side of the building, police said.

Surveillance footage showed a person, who arrived at the bank on a bicycle, received burns from lighting the jar on fire and placing it inside the drop box, police said. The arsonist appears to be a man, police said.

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Tue, 29 Sep 2015 13:23:26 -0600
<![CDATA[Summer storms by the numbers: Colorado Springs and El Paso County]]> http://gazette.com/summer-storms-by-the-numbers-colorado-springs-and-el-paso-county/article/1560041?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/summer-storms-by-the-numbers-colorado-springs-and-el-paso-county/article/1560041?custom_click=rss A summer of storms has left damage on Colorado Springs and El Paso County that continues to be cleaned up.

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Sun, 27 Sep 2015 07:14:52 -0600
<![CDATA[Air Force Academy cadets come out in force to help make community safer]]> http://gazette.com/air-force-academy-cadets-come-out-in-force-to-help-make-community-safer/article/1560055?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-academy-cadets-come-out-in-force-to-help-make-community-safer/article/1560055?custom_click=rss

More than 400 Air Force Academy cadets joined forces with American Red Cross workers Friday by going door to door and promoting fire safety in El Paso and four other counties.

The Home Fire Campaign initiative, which helped make sure residents have working smoke alarms and escape plans, was one of several service projects 3,500 cadets were part of Friday. They worked with 48 community organizations along the Front Range.

Cadet 1st Class Miranda Bray joined 14 other cadets in canvassing homes for fire safety at the Lamplighter Community mobile home park in southeast Colorado Springs. In two hours at Lamplighter, she and two others on her team replaced 15 smoke alarms.

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Sat, 26 Sep 2015 09:32:20 -0600
<![CDATA[Fire marshal: Black Forest fire presented several challenges to fire crews]]> http://gazette.com/fire-marshal-black-forest-fire-presented-several-challenges-to-fire-crews/article/1560057?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fire-marshal-black-forest-fire-presented-several-challenges-to-fire-crews/article/1560057?custom_click=rss

SNOWMASS - Firefighters faced more than a perfect storm of heat, wind and dry vegetation when the Black Forest fire exploded on June 11, 2013.

A collection of El Paso County fire districts walked into what they considered a hostile neighborhood long resistant to fire protections. And without maps, crews were forced to navigate an overgrown forest criss-crossed with dead-end roads.

At all corners, the odds were stacked against them.

For county fire crews, political and environmental factors made the Black Forest fire extremely hard to fight. But it also is a valuable lesson for fighting future wildfires, said Vernon Champlin, who gave a presentation on the fire during the Colorado Wildfire Conference in Snowmass on

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Sat, 26 Sep 2015 09:31:46 -0600
<![CDATA[El Paso County's approach to fire codes held up as bad example at conference]]> http://gazette.com/el-paso-countys-approach-to-fire-codes-held-up-as-bad-example-at-conference/article/1559994?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/el-paso-countys-approach-to-fire-codes-held-up-as-bad-example-at-conference/article/1559994?custom_click=rss

SNOWMASS - After two destructive wildfires, El Paso County has a reputation of being the county that didn't enact changes to land use or fire codes, two things fire experts say are key to preventing massive fires.

The county's lack of changes following the 2013 Black Forest fire was routinely held up as an example of what a county should not do after a catastrophic wildfire at a conference of wildfire experts held in Snowmass on Thursday.

The county's reputation is not entirely undeserved. While it does have wildfire protections built into land use codes for large-scale developments, it did not improve or extend those codes after the fire.

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Fri, 25 Sep 2015 07:03:29 -0600
<![CDATA[Boulder wildfire mitigation program could become template for state]]> http://gazette.com/boulder-wildfire-mitigation-program-could-become-template-for-state/article/1559989?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/boulder-wildfire-mitigation-program-could-become-template-for-state/article/1559989?custom_click=rss

SNOWMASS - A Boulder County wildfire protection program is quickly becoming a model for the state when it comes to incentivizing homeowners to bolster their homes from wildfire.

Boulder's Wildfire Partners program, supported by the county and run on state and federal grants, guides western county residents through an intensive fire mitigation process. Through the program, properties are assessed for their wildfire danger and, hopefully, transformed into parcels that the county considers more resilient to fire.

But the program also comes with two unique benefits: a rebate of a few hundred dollars to help cover costs, as well as a certificate that a few insurance companies will accept as adequate proof of fire mitigation.

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Thu, 24 Sep 2015 23:00:29 -0600
<![CDATA[Small fire in Teller County not threatening homes]]> http://gazette.com/small-fire-in-teller-county-not-threatening-homes/article/1559978?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/small-fire-in-teller-county-not-threatening-homes/article/1559978?custom_click=rss An approximately 5-acre grass fire near a Florissant subdivision was about 25 percent contained and not threatening homes around 5 p.m. Thursday.

The fire was burning near the Indian Creek subdivision, said Lt. Marc Porcelli, a spokesman for the Teller County Sheriff's Office, but no evacuations were called.

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]]> Thu, 24 Sep 2015 17:35:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Florida firefighters come to aid of rattlesnake victim in Colorado Springs park]]> http://gazette.com/florida-firefighters-come-to-aid-of-rattlesnake-victim-in-colorado-springs-park/article/1559797?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/florida-firefighters-come-to-aid-of-rattlesnake-victim-in-colorado-springs-park/article/1559797?custom_click=rss

A stroll through Pulpit Rock Park turned into a life-threatening situation for one Colorado Springs woman. Luckily, a group of firefighters were in the vicinity.

A woman bit by a rattlesnake while walking her dog Saturday screamed for help, and 10 firefighters from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., responded.

Yes, Fort Lauderdale.

The firefighters were in Colorado Springs to attend Saturday's 29th annual Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial in Memorial Park, where they honored Lt. Kevin Johns, a colleague who died last year, according to The Sun Sentinel.

After the somber event, the group wanted to do something adventurous, so they went climbing at Pulpit Rock. That's where they heard the screaming.

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Tue, 22 Sep 2015 19:41:47 -0600
<![CDATA[Volunteer program helps to quench eastern-county firefighters' thirsts]]> http://gazette.com/volunteer-program-helps-to-quench-eastern-county-firefighters-thirsts/article/1559695?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/volunteer-program-helps-to-quench-eastern-county-firefighters-thirsts/article/1559695?custom_click=rss

It was a hot Sunday afternoon and the flames that chewed their way up the house had long been extinguished. But the firefighters who responded to the blaze just southwest of Falcon would be working for a few more hours, tromping around the burned home and sweating in their bunker gear.

Once the flames are out, that's when the Fire Rehab Services vehicles show up, leaded with waters and Gatorade, snacks and sometimes fans and lawn chairs. Run by 15 volunteers through the Pikes Peak Firefighters Association, Fire Rehab brings relief for crews who can spend hours making sure a house is safe. And on Sunday, while firefighters from two eastern county fire districts checked the home for hotspots, volunteers Lynn Vansickler and Jim

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Tue, 22 Sep 2015 12:10:03 -0600
<![CDATA[Visiting firefighters enjoy an anonymous act of kindness from Colorado Springs woman]]> http://gazette.com/visiting-firefighters-enjoy-an-anonymous-act-of-kindness-from-colorado-springs-woman/article/1559743?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/visiting-firefighters-enjoy-an-anonymous-act-of-kindness-from-colorado-springs-woman/article/1559743?custom_click=rss

Alone at an Outback Steakhouse dinner table on a Saturday night, Miss Dorothy quietly nibbled on her food. She didn't say a word to anyone except when her waitress came around.

Though she was using an oxygen tank, she made every effort to be unnoticed.

With her walker folded underneath her table, she kept to herself the entire night - even while the nearby table full of firefighters from Massachusetts were enjoying the drinks and food that she'd eventually pay for.

The firefighters - who attended the 29th annual Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial during the day - were stunned. And flattered. After their waitress told them their dinner of at least $150 was free, they asked, "By who and why?" They found out later that it was

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Tue, 22 Sep 2015 06:39:56 -0600
<![CDATA[Family, dogs displaced by fire east of Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/family-dogs-displaced-by-fire-east-of-colorado-springs/article/1559710?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/family-dogs-displaced-by-fire-east-of-colorado-springs/article/1559710?custom_click=rss

No one was hurt in a house fire in Falcon on Sunday, but five people who live there are displaced, according to a report by Gazette news partner KKTV.

The fire broke out on the 8100 block of Postrock Drive near Highway 24 and Marksheffel Road shortly after 1:30 p.m., KKTV said.

The fire apparently started in a dumpster and spread to some furniture that was being thrown out, KKTV said. The fire then spread to the home and attic.

The Falcon fire department says bystanders were trying to put the fire out with a garden hose when crews arrived, KKTV said. It took firefighters about an hour to get the fire under control.

Five people and three dogs made it out of the home safely, KKTV reported.

The cause of

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Mon, 21 Sep 2015 11:58:02 -0600