<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - fire]]> http://gazette.com/rss/fire Sun, 22 Oct 2017 02:10:37 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Fire destroys one home in Security, damages two others]]> http://gazette.com/fire-destroys-one-home-in-security-damages-two-others/article/1613667?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fire-destroys-one-home-in-security-damages-two-others/article/1613667?custom_click=rss

A fire destroyed one home and damaged two others in Security on Saturday morning.



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Sat, 21 Oct 2017 12:42:50 -0600
<![CDATA[Grass fire at Fort Carson not threatening any buildings]]> http://gazette.com/grass-fire-at-fort-carson-not-threatening-any-buildings/article/1613622?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/grass-fire-at-fort-carson-not-threatening-any-buildings/article/1613622?custom_click=rss

The Fort Carson Fire Department is assessing a small grass fire in its training area.

The fire is not threatening any housing or other buildings.



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Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:39:24 -0600
<![CDATA[Older couples unable to escape wildfires embrace a last time ]]> http://gazette.com/older-couples-unable-to-escape-wildfires-embrace-a-last-time/article/1613575?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/older-couples-unable-to-escape-wildfires-embrace-a-last-time/article/1613575?custom_click=rss

Some had just celebrated marriages of half a century or longer. They spent their time volunteering and playing with grandchildren. A few had lived through both world wars.

The vast majority of the 42 people found dead so far in the wildfires that have ravaged Northern California were senior citizens, most older than 70. Several were couples who died together, including childhood sweethearts who had grown old together.

A 95-year-old man and his 75-year-old wife spent their final moments huddled in the wine cellar of their home where they had lived for 45 years.



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Thu, 19 Oct 2017 16:37:20 -0600
<![CDATA[Californians brace for emotional toll from wildfires]]> http://gazette.com/californians-brace-for-emotional-toll-from-wildfires/article/1613384?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/californians-brace-for-emotional-toll-from-wildfires/article/1613384?custom_click=rss

SANTA ROSA, Calif. — A week after fleeing wildfires, tens of thousands of Californians are drifting back into their neighborhoods.

Some will face the prospect of destroyed homes. All will face the possibility of lasting emotional damage.

"It's never going to be the same," said Rob Brown, a supervisor in Mendocino County, where all 8,000 evacuees were cleared to go home Monday. "You're going to have to seek a new normal."

The fires, the deadliest cluster in California history, have killed at least 41 people and destroyed nearly 6,000 homes.

The thousands of calls coming from concerned residents in neighboring Sonoma County "have shifted from questions about evacuation to questions about coping," Sonoma



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Tue, 17 Oct 2017 07:37:43 -0600
<![CDATA[Houses spared by massive fires bring joy and sense of loss]]> http://gazette.com/houses-spared-by-massive-fires-bring-joy-and-sense-of-loss/article/1613359?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/houses-spared-by-massive-fires-bring-joy-and-sense-of-loss/article/1613359?custom_click=rss

SANTA ROSA, Calif. — Tom and Catherine Andrews live on the edge of devastation.

On one side of their mid-century style home, the deadly wildfires that ravaged parts of Northern California for more than a week wiped away the houses of neighbors they have known as long as two decades. On the other side, were those like the Andrews, who were spared.

On Monday as calm winds gave an advantage to firefighters trying to tame the flames, the couple balanced their good fortune against the losses suffered by many friends.

"It was disbelief and just feeling like the luckiest guy on earth," Tom Andrews said. "I can't believe, I mean, total destruction 50 feet away and to have our house still standing here.



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Mon, 16 Oct 2017 20:13:10 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado sending 20 fire engines to California wildfires ]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-sending-20-fire-engines-to-california-wildfires/article/1613331?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-sending-20-fire-engines-to-california-wildfires/article/1613331?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Colorado is sending 20 fire engines to California to help fight the wildfires that have been devastating the state.

The Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management says the engines and firefighters from 20 agencies from around the state are leaving Monday. They will be staged in Chino.

A second group of fire engines from Colorado could follow later this week.



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Mon, 16 Oct 2017 19:45:03 -0600
<![CDATA[Portugal wildfires kill at least 35; 4 dead in Spain]]> http://gazette.com/portugal-wildfires-kill-at-least-35-4-dead-in-spain/article/feed/502209?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/portugal-wildfires-kill-at-least-35-4-dead-in-spain/article/feed/502209?custom_click=rss

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Late season wildfires that broke out over the weekend in Portugal have killed at least 35 people, including a 1-month-old infant, authorities said Monday, making 2017 by far the deadliest year on record for forest blazes in the country.

In neighboring Spain, wildfires have also killed at least four people and prompted the evacuation of thousands in the northwest region of Galicia, as the remnants of winds from Hurricane Ophelia fanned the flames along Iberia's Atlantic coast.

The fires returned to Portugal four months after a summer blaze claimed 64 lives in one night. The year's current total of 99 deaths is far higher than the previous annual record of 25, in 1966.

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]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:23:34 -0600 <![CDATA[Lighter winds help crews gain on California wildfires ]]> http://gazette.com/lighter-winds-help-crews-gain-on-california-wildfires/article/1613315?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lighter-winds-help-crews-gain-on-california-wildfires/article/1613315?custom_click=rss

SANTA ROSA, Calif. — Firefighters kept gaining on the California wildfires Monday with help from lighter winds that made it easier to attack the flames that have killed at least 40 people and destroyed thousands of homes and businesses.

After days of gusts that constantly fanned the fires, better weather offered a chance for crews to get the upper hand more than a week after the blazes started chewing through the state's celebrated wine country.

"The weather has not been in our favor over the past week in general, but we are still marching forward with our progress," said Daniel Berlant, spokesman for California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Also Monday, a water truck driver died when his vehicle rolled



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Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:06:02 -0600
<![CDATA[California firefighters say they finally 'turned a corner' ]]> http://gazette.com/california-firefighters-say-they-finally-turned-a-corner/article/1613282?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/california-firefighters-say-they-finally-turned-a-corner/article/1613282?custom_click=rss

SONOMA, Calif. — California fire authorities said Sunday they have turned a corner in battling several of the wildfires that have devastated wine country and other parts of the state over the past week.

Some counties were preparing to let more evacuees return to their homes amid improving weather. The winds that have been fanning the deadliest and most destructive cluster of wildfires in California history did not kick up overnight as much as feared.

"Conditions have drastically changed from just 24 hours ago, and that is definitely a very good sign. And it's probably a sign we've turned a corner on these fires," said Daniel Berlant, spokesman for California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.



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Sun, 15 Oct 2017 18:25:41 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado deputy found dead at house fire]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-deputy-found-dead-at-house-fire/article/1613296?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-deputy-found-dead-at-house-fire/article/1613296?custom_click=rss

Authorities say they are investigating the death of a 42-year-old sheriff's deputy who was found unresponsive inside a house that burned in southern Colorado.

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation said Sunday that victim Jeremiah Lee was found in the early morning hours on Friday inside a residence on County Road 516 in the town of Bayfield.

According to the Durango Herald initial reports said fire crews found a man inside the house with a gunshot wound. Attempts to revive him were unsuccessful.



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Sun, 15 Oct 2017 18:02:46 -0600
<![CDATA[Firefighters respond to smoke from bonfire near Gold Camp Road, High Drive in west Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/firefighters-respond-to-smoke-from-bonfire-near-gold-camp-road-high-drive-in-west-colorado-springs/article/1613293?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/firefighters-respond-to-smoke-from-bonfire-near-gold-camp-road-high-drive-in-west-colorado-springs/article/1613293?custom_click=rss Firefighter have responded to a report of smoke in west Colorado Springs on Sunday afternoon, according to the city's Fire Department.

Crews are trying to find and distinguish the fire as of 4 p.m., Fire Department spokesman Capt. Steve Wilch said. Smoke is being reported in the area of Gold Camp Road and High Drive, he added.

No injuries have been reported.

Other agencies involved in the response include the El Paso County Wildland Fire Crew and U.S. Forest Service.

The Fire Department asks residents to not call 911 about the fire

Check back with gazette.com for updates.



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Sun, 15 Oct 2017 17:48:19 -0600
<![CDATA[Fire prompts overnight evacuation at Fountain motel]]> http://gazette.com/fire-prompts-overnight-evacuation-at-fountain-motel/article/1613275?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fire-prompts-overnight-evacuation-at-fountain-motel/article/1613275?custom_click=rss

Guests at a Fountain motel were forced to evacuate overnight after a fire sparked in a clothes dryer.

Firefighters praised the Super 8 manager for taking action while waiting for help.

"Luckily, we got here pretty quick, and the quick action of the hotel manager. She hit it with a fire extinguisher prior to our getting here," said Capt. Rick Daniels with the Fountain Fire Department.

Firefighters got the call just after 4 a.m. Sunday. The Super 8 is located on East Champlin Drive, west of the interstate.

Read full story at KKTV.com.



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Sun, 15 Oct 2017 08:48:04 -0600
<![CDATA[Gusty winds fan California wildfires, force more evacuations]]> http://gazette.com/gusty-winds-fan-california-wildfires-force-more-evacuations/article/1613209?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gusty-winds-fan-california-wildfires-force-more-evacuations/article/1613209?custom_click=rss

Rising winds fanned the California wildfires again Saturday, forcing hundreds more people to flee from their homes in the state's fabled wine country and testing the efforts of crews who have spent days trying to corral the flames behind firebreaks.



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Sat, 14 Oct 2017 12:22:47 -0600
<![CDATA[Boy dies, man survives California wildfire 'nuclear blast']]> http://gazette.com/boy-dies-man-survives-california-wildfire-nuclear-blast/article/1613173?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/boy-dies-man-survives-california-wildfire-nuclear-blast/article/1613173?custom_click=rss

When flames swept over the mountain like a "nuclear blast," Paul Hanssen ran from his burning home, a water-soaked towel around his head and dog by his side, and took shelter in a trailer. He waited nervously for two long hours as winds howled and embers flew by.

When the fire passed, he emerged, parched with thirst. He went to a nearby spring for water and screamed to see if anyone else was around.

No one answered.

Hanssen hurried toward his neighbors' house, where he found Sara Shepherd and her 17-year-old daughter, Kressa, lying on the ground, more than half their bodies burned. He called 911 and took water from a hot water heater left in the charred remnants of the family's home, squeezing drops into their mouths



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Sat, 14 Oct 2017 07:10:31 -0600
<![CDATA['Peanuts' creator Charles Schulz's home burns down in Santa Rosa fire]]> http://gazette.com/peanuts-creator-charles-schulzs-home-burns-down-in-santa-rosa-fire/article/1613144?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/peanuts-creator-charles-schulzs-home-burns-down-in-santa-rosa-fire/article/1613144?custom_click=rss

Charles Schulz once drew his iconic dog Snoopy losing everything in a house fire. This week, for Schulz's widow, that scenario became all too real.

Jean Schulz safely escaped the fires as they began sweeping through Santa Rosa, California, before dawn Monday, but the blaze burned to the ground the home where she and the late "Peanuts" creator long lived.

"I am devastated by the loss of the home I shared with Sparky for 25 years," Schulz tells The Washington Post, "the memories of which filled me with happiness every day."

The split-level hillside home was built in the 1970s and had housed a drawing table that belonged to the beloved cartoonist, who died in 2000, as well as some "Peanuts" keepsakes.

Jean Schulz



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Fri, 13 Oct 2017 12:55:19 -0600
<![CDATA[Prescribed burns planned in Pike National Forest, smoke might be visible from Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/prescribed-burns-planned-in-pike-national-forest-smoke-might-be-visible-from-colorado-springs/article/1613126?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/prescribed-burns-planned-in-pike-national-forest-smoke-might-be-visible-from-colorado-springs/article/1613126?custom_click=rss

Prescribed pile burns are expected through spring 2018 in parts of the Pike National Forest in El Paso and Teller counties, the U.S. Forest Service announced in a release.

"Expect smoke to be visible from Woodland Park as well as areas along the Front Range including Colorado Springs," the release says. The piles that will be burned consist of small trees, tops and limbs that were cut down "to reduce hazardous fuels.



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Thu, 12 Oct 2017 22:00:25 -0600