<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - fire]]> http://gazette.com/rss/fire Fri, 04 Sep 2015 23:57:17 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Fort Carson, Black Forest send more firefighters to battle West Coast blazes]]> http://gazette.com/fort-carson-black-forest-send-more-firefighters-to-battle-west-coast-blazes/article/1558517?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fort-carson-black-forest-send-more-firefighters-to-battle-west-coast-blazes/article/1558517?custom_click=rss

As fires continue to burn along the West Coast, local agencies continue to send help.

Fort Carson announced Tuesday that it has sent six Department of the Army civilian firefighters to Washington to help fight wildfires. The Colorado Springs Fire Department, Peterson Air Force Base, Black Forest Fire Rescue and the Fountain Fire Department have also sent firefighters to help.

The civilians deployed Saturday and will serve as crew bosses and advisors at the Yakima Training Center. They will train and lead 325 military members as hand crews battling fires, Fort Carson said. They are expected to be deployed for about 30 days, although that could change.

Fort Carson last provided wildland firefighting support off post in



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Wed, 02 Sep 2015 09:47:34 -0600
<![CDATA[Massive wildfire season forces Forest Service to shuffle money to firefighting fund]]> http://gazette.com/massive-wildfire-season-forces-forest-service-to-shuffle-money-to-firefighting-fund/article/1558283?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/massive-wildfire-season-forces-forest-service-to-shuffle-money-to-firefighting-fund/article/1558283?custom_click=rss

The U.S. Forest Service began this week transferring money from some of its programs to help fuel its dwindling firefighting budget, according to an internal memo from Chief Tom Tidwell to regional foresters.

The memo, dated Aug. 25, outlines a two-step process to transfer $450 million from various program budgets to the fire suppression fund, which pays for the agency's firefighting efforts around the country. Forest Service officials announced this summer that, for the first time in the agency's 110-year history, firefighting makes up more than 50 percent of the agency's overall budget.

In his letter to staff, Tidwell said that the so-called practice of fire borrowing would begin during the week of Aug. 24.



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Fri, 28 Aug 2015 18:34:00 -0600
<![CDATA[Cascade residents receive funds to rebuild, but still on the hook for thousands]]> http://gazette.com/cascade-residents-receive-funds-to-rebuild-but-still-on-the-hook-for-thousands/article/1557932?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cascade-residents-receive-funds-to-rebuild-but-still-on-the-hook-for-thousands/article/1557932?custom_click=rss

The road to Kathy and George Stultses' Cascade home is a precipitous one. Guests are told to leave their cars at the bottom of the hill, where they walk up a steep path along a jagged canyon edge to reach the front door.

A small crevasse cuts through what remains of the unnamed road, a dirt driveway branching off U.S. Highway 24 that leads to four homes. Since April, after flood water coursed off the Waldo Canyon fire burn scar and sliced a drainage through the road, the Stults and their neighbors have been hiking home. And this summer, when the neighbors were given a federal grant to help them rebuild the private road, it came with a catch: Each of the homeowners would have to pitch in at least $4,000 to help fix it.



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Mon, 24 Aug 2015 11:55:20 -0600
<![CDATA[Wildfire smoke advisory issued for parts of Colorado]]> http://gazette.com/wildfire-smoke-advisory-issued-for-parts-of-colorado/article/1557820?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wildfire-smoke-advisory-issued-for-parts-of-colorado/article/1557820?custom_click=rss

Massive wildfires that have killed three firefighters continue to roar through Washington state on Friday with a speed of 100 square miles a day, and Colorado Springs residents have been hit by effects of that blaze and dozens of others in western states.

On Friday, Colorado skies were filled with a smoky haze from fires burning in eastern Washington, Montana, Idaho and Oregon.

A wildfire smoke health advisory was issued for northern Colorado until 9 a.m. Saturday. That area includes Denver, Ft. Collins, Greeley, Golden and smaller communities in the region. Pitkin County is under a smoke advisory.



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Fri, 21 Aug 2015 17:52:13 -0600
<![CDATA[Volunteer power has been crucial to clearing thousands of trees in Black Forest]]> http://gazette.com/volunteer-power-has-been-crucial-to-clearing-thousands-of-trees-in-black-forest/article/1557634?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/volunteer-power-has-been-crucial-to-clearing-thousands-of-trees-in-black-forest/article/1557634?custom_click=rss

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 him up," she said.

Little's eyes fill with tears easily when she thinks of her life since the Black Forest fire in 2013. But they are not tears of sadness, although both she and her brother lost their homes to the fire, and along with them, all of their inherited family treasures. Instead, Little cries over the blessings she counts - and among them are hordes of neighborhoods, friends and random people who helped clear thousands of dead trees off the Little's property on Trapper's Pass Trail.



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Wed, 19 Aug 2015 12:12:41 -0600
<![CDATA[Home struck by lightning; 2nd time for Colorado Springs homeowner]]> http://gazette.com/home-struck-by-lightning-2nd-time-for-colorado-springs-homeowner/article/1557526?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/home-struck-by-lightning-2nd-time-for-colorado-springs-homeowner/article/1557526?custom_click=rss

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 unlikely event not once, but twice.

Kimberly's home on Delmonico Court in northwest Colorado Springs was struck by lightning Sunday, reports Gazette news partner KKTV.

"We had friends over and we're cooking dinner and all of a sudden lightning hit our chimney and it was like an explosion in our house," said Way.

"I was sitting, just got to talking to my dad on the couch next to the fireplace, and it was loud, like my ears were ringing like 10 minutes after still," said daughter Macey Way.

It sounded like a



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Mon, 17 Aug 2015 08:53:14 -0600
<![CDATA[Fire training exercise scheduled south of Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/fire-training-exercise-scheduled-south-of-colorado-springs/article/1557525?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fire-training-exercise-scheduled-south-of-colorado-springs/article/1557525?custom_click=rss 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 Academy Boulevard.

"This routine training is conducted periodically to ensure base emergency responders are prepared to handle a wide variety of emergencies on the installation," Peterson Air Force Base officials said in a news release.

The training exercise will take place Monday from noon to 5 p.m. and continue Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.



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Mon, 17 Aug 2015 08:11:17 -0600
<![CDATA[Lightning sparks about dozens of fires in Colorado]]> http://gazette.com/lightning-sparks-about-dozens-of-fires-in-colorado/article/1557492?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lightning-sparks-about-dozens-of-fires-in-colorado/article/1557492?custom_click=rss 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 Fire, which is burning on just over 1,000 acres 20 miles north of Craig. It was 80 percent contained Monday.

Many of the smaller fires have been contained.

The Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit says over 4,000 lightning strikes hit northwestern Colorado on Saturday and Sunday.



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Mon, 17 Aug 2015 08:09:11 -0600