<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - fire]]> http://gazette.com/rss/fire Wed, 01 Jul 2015 23:22:35 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Watch what Fourth of July fireworks you light in Pikes Peak region]]> http://gazette.com/watch-what-fourth-of-july-fireworks-you-light-in-pikes-peak-region/article/1554701?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/watch-what-fourth-of-july-fireworks-you-light-in-pikes-peak-region/article/1554701?custom_click=rss

Don't get burned by not knowing what you can and cannot celebrate with on the Fourth of July - keep this information in mind to stay safe and legal with fireworks this holiday weekend.

In El Paso County, only certain fireworks are restricted, while fountain and ground spinner fireworks, smoke bombs and sparklers are permissible. Trick noisemakers, such as snaps - the small paper wads thrown at the ground - are also legal. According to an El Paso County news release, "a good rule of thumb to remember is if a firework flies through the air, explodes or shoots flaming balls, it is illegal."

Similar rules apply in unincorporated areas of Teller County, where fireworks are prohibited if they explode or leave the ground, but



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Don't get burned by not knowing what you can and cannot celebrate with on the Fourth of July - keep this information in mind to stay safe and legal with fireworks this holiday weekend.

In El Paso County, only certain fireworks are restricted, while fountain and ground spinner fireworks, smoke bombs and sparklers are permissible. Trick noisemakers, such as snaps - the small paper wads thrown at the ground - are also legal. According to an El Paso County news release, "a good rule of thumb to remember is if a firework flies through the air, explodes or shoots flaming balls, it is illegal."

Similar rules apply in unincorporated areas of Teller County, where fireworks are prohibited if they explode or leave the ground, but

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Wed, 01 Jul 2015 11:23:47 -0600
<![CDATA[Lightning starts wildfire in Dinosaur Monument in Colorado]]> http://gazette.com/lightning-starts-wildfire-in-dinosaur-monument-in-colorado/article/1554689?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lightning-starts-wildfire-in-dinosaur-monument-in-colorado/article/1554689?custom_click=rss DINOSAUR NATIONAL MONUMENT — A wildfire sparked by lightning has burned just under 1 square mile in Dinosaur National Monument in northwestern Colorado.

Authorities said Monday the fire is burning in grass, brush and Ponderosa pine trees in a remote part of the monument. It was reported Saturday.

Ground crews and a helicopter are fighting the fire, and more firefighters and air support have been requested.

Officials say no structures or visitors are threatened.

The fire is in the Colorado portion of the 328-square-mile monument, which straddles the Utah-Colorado border.



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DINOSAUR NATIONAL MONUMENT — A wildfire sparked by lightning has burned just under 1 square mile in Dinosaur National Monument in northwestern Colorado.

Authorities said Monday the fire is burning in grass, brush and Ponderosa pine trees in a remote part of the monument. It was reported Saturday.

Ground crews and a helicopter are fighting the fire, and more firefighters and air support have been requested.

Officials say no structures or visitors are threatened.

The fire is in the Colorado portion of the 328-square-mile monument, which straddles the Utah-Colorado border.

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Mon, 29 Jun 2015 16:50:36 -0600
<![CDATA[Could El Paso County disaster policy be endangering lives and property?]]> http://gazette.com/could-el-paso-county-disaster-policy-be-endangering-lives-and-property/article/1554582?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/could-el-paso-county-disaster-policy-be-endangering-lives-and-property/article/1554582?custom_click=rss

When flood waters blasted Fountain Creek in 2013, longtime farmer Dave Kinischtzke knew more was at stake than his farm - with state utility poles and pipelines crossing his land and an important watershed downstream, Kinischtzke needed to stabilize the swollen creek that ran along his property.

Kinischtzke was awarded hundreds of thousands of federal dollars to fix the creek through an obscure government program that funnels money to private land owners. For counties with post-wildfire flooding, the money is coveted for its flexibility to help homeowners such as Kinischtzke, whose private property flooding could have major impacts on homes, public infrastructure and watersheds around him.



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When flood waters blasted Fountain Creek in 2013, longtime farmer Dave Kinischtzke knew more was at stake than his farm - with state utility poles and pipelines crossing his land and an important watershed downstream, Kinischtzke needed to stabilize the swollen creek that ran along his property.

Kinischtzke was awarded hundreds of thousands of federal dollars to fix the creek through an obscure government program that funnels money to private land owners. For counties with post-wildfire flooding, the money is coveted for its flexibility to help homeowners such as Kinischtzke, whose private property flooding could have major impacts on homes, public infrastructure and watersheds around him.

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Mon, 29 Jun 2015 12:27:15 -0600
<![CDATA[Analysis: Tracking the money spent on disaster recovery in the Pikes Peak region]]> http://gazette.com/analysis-tracking-the-money-spent-on-disaster-recovery-in-the-pikes-peak-region/article/1554583?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/analysis-tracking-the-money-spent-on-disaster-recovery-in-the-pikes-peak-region/article/1554583?custom_click=rss

El Paso County continues to receive millions of federal, state and private funds targeted at disaster recovery.

More than $56 million came into the county to help fund recoveries from the 2012 Waldo Canyon fire, the 2013 Black Forest fire and the September 2013 floods - all of which were declared federal disasters. The money went to highway projects and landscape restoration projects, to massive debris nets and catchment basins, and in some cases to private citizens to help with immediate needs, such as buying food. The money covered tree removal and counseling services, firefighting costs and salaries.

There is no single database tracking the money that Colorado Springs, El Paso County and Manitou Springs received.



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El Paso County continues to receive millions of federal, state and private funds targeted at disaster recovery.

More than $56 million came into the county to help fund recoveries from the 2012 Waldo Canyon fire, the 2013 Black Forest fire and the September 2013 floods - all of which were declared federal disasters. The money went to highway projects and landscape restoration projects, to massive debris nets and catchment basins, and in some cases to private citizens to help with immediate needs, such as buying food. The money covered tree removal and counseling services, firefighting costs and salaries.

There is no single database tracking the money that Colorado Springs, El Paso County and Manitou Springs received.

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Sun, 28 Jun 2015 00:10:53 -0600
<![CDATA[Side Streets: Waldo Canyon fire anniversary doubly sad as vandals destroy memorial children's bench]]> http://gazette.com/side-streets-waldo-canyon-fire-anniversary-doubly-sad-as-vandals-destroy-memorial-childrens-bench/article/1554503?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/side-streets-waldo-canyon-fire-anniversary-doubly-sad-as-vandals-destroy-memorial-childrens-bench/article/1554503?custom_click=rss

Three years ago today, the Waldo Canyon fire exploded down the Front Range into Mountain Shadows, killing two, destroying 346 homes and causing $453.7 million in losses.

But instead of simply observing the sad anniversary, some are mourning the recent vandalism of a memorial bench placed in Mountain Shadows Park in November to honor the victims of the fire.

The bench was a resin sculpture of a log with a rabbit on one side and a fox standing atop the other end.

The log was created using a mold from a burned log salvaged from the aftermath of the fire. Then an artist created the rabbit and fox and attached them to the log.

But the fox disappeared recently.



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Three years ago today, the Waldo Canyon fire exploded down the Front Range into Mountain Shadows, killing two, destroying 346 homes and causing $453.7 million in losses.

But instead of simply observing the sad anniversary, some are mourning the recent vandalism of a memorial bench placed in Mountain Shadows Park in November to honor the victims of the fire.

The bench was a resin sculpture of a log with a rabbit on one side and a fox standing atop the other end.

The log was created using a mold from a burned log salvaged from the aftermath of the fire. Then an artist created the rabbit and fox and attached them to the log.

But the fox disappeared recently.

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Fri, 26 Jun 2015 07:07:16 -0600
<![CDATA[Lightning strike sparks house fire in Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/lightning-strike-sparks-house-fire-in-colorado-springs/article/1553844?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lightning-strike-sparks-house-fire-in-colorado-springs/article/1553844?custom_click=rss

Lightning struck a northeast Colorado Springs home around 11:40 Monday night, causing "significant damage" to the back of the house, according to the Colorado Springs Fire Department.

"He heard just a huge crash ...sparks were flying from the ceiling, right after that he noticed smoke." Lt. Fred Varnell, with the fire department, said of one of the residents.

"It burned through the inside and outside wall," Varnell told Gazette news partner KKTV.

The two people inside and a family dog were able to escape unharmed.

Flames were shooting from the house when firefighters arrived. Firefighters got the fire under control within an hour and were able to keep it contained to the rear of the home, according to KKTV.



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Lightning struck a northeast Colorado Springs home around 11:40 Monday night, causing "significant damage" to the back of the house, according to the Colorado Springs Fire Department.

"He heard just a huge crash ...sparks were flying from the ceiling, right after that he noticed smoke." Lt. Fred Varnell, with the fire department, said of one of the residents.

"It burned through the inside and outside wall," Varnell told Gazette news partner KKTV.

The two people inside and a family dog were able to escape unharmed.

Flames were shooting from the house when firefighters arrived. Firefighters got the fire under control within an hour and were able to keep it contained to the rear of the home, according to KKTV.

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Tue, 16 Jun 2015 07:33:23 -0600
<![CDATA[Memories still raw as Black Forest residents gather to view progress on fire memorial]]> http://gazette.com/memories-still-raw-as-black-forest-residents-gather-to-view-progress-on-fire-memorial/article/1553692?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/memories-still-raw-as-black-forest-residents-gather-to-view-progress-on-fire-memorial/article/1553692?custom_click=rss

Memories of the heat, the smoke, the glow of the flames and the ash that fell like snow are seared into the minds of those who lost everything two years ago in the Black Forest fire: the house, the car, the things you forgot you even had until it's two years too late to save them.

Still fresh, too, is the loss of a brilliant couple whose deaths remain a puzzling mystery to those who knew them.

While volunteering Saturday at the Black Forest Log School Park, Jim Robertson described Marc and Robin Herklotz, who worked with him at Schriever Air Force Base, as exceptionally bright people - scientists with triple-digit IQs.

The couple, in their early 50s, were longtime members of Air Force Space Command, and supported



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Memories of the heat, the smoke, the glow of the flames and the ash that fell like snow are seared into the minds of those who lost everything two years ago in the Black Forest fire: the house, the car, the things you forgot you even had until it's two years too late to save them.

Still fresh, too, is the loss of a brilliant couple whose deaths remain a puzzling mystery to those who knew them.

While volunteering Saturday at the Black Forest Log School Park, Jim Robertson described Marc and Robin Herklotz, who worked with him at Schriever Air Force Base, as exceptionally bright people - scientists with triple-digit IQs.

The couple, in their early 50s, were longtime members of Air Force Space Command, and supported

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Sun, 14 Jun 2015 09:53:42 -0600