<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - fire]]> http://gazette.com/rss/fire Sun, 17 Jun 2018 22:06:04 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Remnants of hurricane help crews in Colorado, Wyoming fires]]> http://gazette.com/remnants-of-hurricane-help-crews-in-colorado-wyoming-fires/article/1627887?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/remnants-of-hurricane-help-crews-in-colorado-wyoming-fires/article/1627887?custom_click=rss

DURANGO — A welcome dose of rain has helped in the battle against a wildfire that has blackened more than 50 square miles (129 square kilometers) and forced hundreds of evacuations in southwest Colorado.

The Durango Herald reported Sunday that the remnants of Hurricane Bud slowed the growth of the 416 Fire, which is 25 percent contained. Butch Knowlton, director of La Plata County Emergency Management, says the storm that tracked through the Pacific provided the perfect amount of rain in Colorado, helping firefighters increase containment without causing flooding in the burn scar.

The fire started June 1 about 10 miles (16 kilometers) north of Durango and at one point forced the evacuation of 2,200 homes,

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Sun, 17 Jun 2018 21:57:37 -0600
<![CDATA[Durango, Summit County fires deliver same message about the 'new norm' in Colorado]]> http://gazette.com/durango-summit-county-fires-deliver-same-message-about-the-new-norm-in-colorado/article/1627849?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/durango-summit-county-fires-deliver-same-message-about-the-new-norm-in-colorado/article/1627849?custom_click=rss

On the morning of June 12, the sky over Summit County filled with glowing clouds of black smoke in just few minutes. Summit County Fire & EMS received hundreds of 911 calls. By midday, thousands had been told to evacuate.

But, what seemed like a certain catastrophe was halted by fire breaks built in the years following the pine beetle epidemic. These clear-cuts, which stretch about 500 feet from the subdivisions into the national forest, kept the Buffalo fire at 91 acres. Within five days of the fire starting, containment was at 75 percent.

It's been a different story in La Plata County.

Nine hours after the 416 fire started on June 1 north of Durango, it already had consumed 1,100 acres. By Saturday morning, officials

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Sun, 17 Jun 2018 11:41:32 -0600
<![CDATA[Second community yard sale and auction for Hanover Fire Department to be hosted this weekend]]> http://gazette.com/second-community-yard-sale-and-auction-for-hanover-fire-department-to-be-hosted-this-weekend/article/1627770?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/second-community-yard-sale-and-auction-for-hanover-fire-department-to-be-hosted-this-weekend/article/1627770?custom_click=rss

After a nearly 43,000-acre fire raged through southern El Paso County a month ago, a local woman is hosting a second community yard sale and auction to raise money to aid the Hanover Fire Department.

"I wanted to do something for the firefighters, they're all volunteers," Juanita Beazley, fundraiser organizer, said. "I thought they needed something."

The first community yard sale made $514.50 for the fire fighters, according to Beazley. But the 12 year resident of the tight-knit community of Hanover thought she could do more.

"We're all connected (in Hanover)," said Beazley.

She looks forward to an event she says will be less rushed and more organized.

Saturday and Sunday, community members will sell their

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Fri, 15 Jun 2018 22:16:33 -0600
<![CDATA[Three grass fires quickly brought under control]]> http://gazette.com/three-grass-fires-quickly-brought-under-control/article/1627774?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/three-grass-fires-quickly-brought-under-control/article/1627774?custom_click=rss

Crews quickly brought a grass fire near Falcon which burned about 1/2 acre under control, according to the Falcon Fire department

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Fri, 15 Jun 2018 14:29:49 -0600
<![CDATA[Crews battle small wildfire in Douglas County]]> http://gazette.com/crews-battle-small-wildfire-in-douglas-county/article/1627727?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/crews-battle-small-wildfire-in-douglas-county/article/1627727?custom_click=rss

Crews are battling a small wildfire that flared Thursday afternoon on a ridge above Palmer Lake in northern El Paso County.

Tri-Lakes Monument firefighters reported via Twitter that they were assisting Palmer Lake and U.S. Forest Service crews on the blaze, which had burned less than 1 acre as of 3 p.m. Smoke was visible from Monument, firefighters said.

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Thu, 14 Jun 2018 18:05:50 -0600
<![CDATA[Some evacuees go home, but 416 fire increases to 27,420 acres]]> http://gazette.com/some-evacuees-go-home-but-416-fire-increases-to-27420-acres/article/1627709?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/some-evacuees-go-home-but-416-fire-increases-to-27420-acres/article/1627709?custom_click=rss

After 13 days of wondering when good news for evacuees would come from the 416 Fire that started June 1, it came Wednesday.

Evacuation orders were lifted in the afternoon for 560 residences and 20 businesses in the Rockwood, Tamarron and Glacier Club areas. But just hours later, more pre-evacuation notices were put in place.

According to latest reports Wednesday, the fire has burned 27,420 acres and is 15 percent contained.

While the fire receded in some areas, it advanced in others, prompting a pre-evacuation order for 163 residences and two businesses along the west side of County Road 203 from Trimble Lane south to its intersection with U.S.

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Thu, 14 Jun 2018 09:51:26 -0600
<![CDATA[Summit County residents breathe a sigh of relief as firefighters control blaze]]> http://gazette.com/summit-county-residents-breathe-a-sigh-of-relief-as-firefighters-control-blaze/article/1627652?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/summit-county-residents-breathe-a-sigh-of-relief-as-firefighters-control-blaze/article/1627652?custom_click=rss

SUMMIT COUNTY - Summit County residents were spared the ordeal of thousands in southwest Colorado as firefighters kept the Buffalo fire under control.

The fire, which started Tuesday in the White River National Forest west of Silverthorne, had only grown to 91 acres and was 20 percent contained Wednesday night, officials said.

"It feels great to hear that they're making good progress," said Wildernest resident Marge Schweri, who left her home because of smoke even though she had not been ordered to evacuate. "I'm almost worried that I'm not concerned enough, since the fire officials said that fires have a mind of their own."

Hotshot teams were deployed Wednesday into the beetle-kill timber, which officials deemed too

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Wed, 13 Jun 2018 22:14:35 -0600
<![CDATA[Lightning ignites 2 small fires in Teller County]]> http://gazette.com/lightning-ignites-2-small-fires-in-teller-county/article/1627689?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lightning-ignites-2-small-fires-in-teller-county/article/1627689?custom_click=rss Lightning strikes ignited two small fires Wednesday afternoon in Teller County, the Sheriff's Office reported.

The fires each burned about a quarter-acre. They were on Cathedral Ridge and Forest Service Road 339 north of Woodland Park off of Highway 67.

The fire quickly were contained by "Forest Service and local fire service resources, which included one helicopter," the Sheriff's Office said. "No structures were threatened and no residences were evacuated."

Near-critical fire weather conditions are expected to develop in southern Colorado on Thursday, with low humidity, warm temperatures and 10 to 15 mph winds forecast by the National Weather Service in Pueblo.

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Wed, 13 Jun 2018 20:33:59 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper says Durango is 'open for business,' despite nearby fire]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-gov.-hickenlooper-says-durango-is-open-for-business-despite-nearby-fire/article/1627666?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-gov.-hickenlooper-says-durango-is-open-for-business-despite-nearby-fire/article/1627666?custom_click=rss

DENVER - Gov. John Hickenlooper stressed to reporters Wednesday morning that "Durango is open for business."

Durango is not threatened by the 416 fire that has burned about 36,000 acres north of town, he said.

"If you want to help the people of Durango and La Plata County, go down and visit," the governor said at a press conference at the Capitol, noting that small businesses pay a price when tourism is disrupted.

The fire, the largest of eight burning across the state, was about 15 percent contained Wednesday morning.

There have been no deaths or reports of injuries, the state's highest priority, Hickenlooper said.

The governor urged people to stay away from areas under evacuation orders.

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Wed, 13 Jun 2018 14:55:26 -0600
<![CDATA[Couple takes wedding photo with 416 fire raging in background]]> http://gazette.com/couple-takes-wedding-photo-with-416-fire-raging-in-background/article/1627663?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/couple-takes-wedding-photo-with-416-fire-raging-in-background/article/1627663?custom_click=rss

DURANGO – A couple whose wedding had to be moved because of the fast-growing 416 Fire in southwestern Colorado now has a breathtaking photo to remember the day by.

Sara and Michael Kramer of Fort Collins were set to tie the knot at Cascade Village north of Durango on Saturday but as the fire grew significantly, they moved the ceremony to a relative’s property at the last minute.

Related: 416 fire near Durango grows to nearly 26,000 acres

Toward the end of the evening, at sunset, the couple went across the street to get a photo with the fire in the background. The result is a shot of Michael and Sara kissing in front of the ominous, orange plume of smoke from the fire.

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Wed, 13 Jun 2018 13:43:34 -0600
<![CDATA[416 fire near Durango grows to nearly 26,000 acres]]> http://gazette.com/416-fire-near-durango-grows-to-nearly-26000-acres/article/1627638?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/416-fire-near-durango-grows-to-nearly-26000-acres/article/1627638?custom_click=rss

Multiple media sources Wednesday are reporting that the 416 fire has now burned 25,900 acres and is 15 percent contained.

More than 900 firefighters are fighting the fire in rough and inaccessible terrain. 

In an effort to prevent more catastrophic wildfires, government agencies Tuesday enacted unprecedented regulations, closing public lands to outdoor recreation.

Extreme drought, extreme wildfire danger and two active, uncontrolled fires prompted fire officials and local leaders to send a clear message: Public lands must be closed to recreation to prevent the outbreak of additional fires that would drain resources to fight the 416 and Burro fires.

As of Tuesday, the 416 Fire had burned more than 23,000 acres north of Durango, and the Burro Fire had burned more than 2,600 acres northeast of Dolores. The edges of the fires are mere miles apart.

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Wed, 13 Jun 2018 10:28:20 -0600
<![CDATA[New Colorado wildfire in Summit County spurs more than 1,300 evacuations]]> http://gazette.com/new-colorado-wildfire-in-summit-county-spurs-more-than-1300-evacuations/article/1627623?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-colorado-wildfire-in-summit-county-spurs-more-than-1300-evacuations/article/1627623?custom_click=rss

SILVERTHORNE - A 91-acre wildfire ignited Tuesday on Buffalo Mountain in Summit County, joining a rash of blazes that have burned tens of thousands of acres statewide, threatening homes and forcing thousands to evacuate.

"Living in the mountains, we have a lot of benefits, but fire is one of the shortcomings that we have to deal with," Summit County Commissioner Dan Gibbs said at a public meeting Tuesday evening.

The Buffalo fire prompted the evacuation of 1,384 homes in the Mesa Cortina and Wildernest neighborhoods above 20 Grand Road, Summit Fire and EMS reported. Another 1,160 residences below 20 Grand Road were on pre-evacuation notice.

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Wed, 13 Jun 2018 06:42:03 -0600
<![CDATA[New wildfire erupts near Colorado ski resorts, houses]]> http://gazette.com/new-wildfire-erupts-near-colorado-ski-resorts-houses/article/1627590?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-wildfire-erupts-near-colorado-ski-resorts-houses/article/1627590?custom_click=rss

DENVER — A wildfire erupted Tuesday in an area of Colorado known for its ski resorts, forcing the evacuation of more than 1,300 homes and marking the latest in a series of blazes that have ignited in the drought-stricken U.S. West.

The fire in central Colorado had burned only about 100 acres but was dangerously close to two densely populated housing developments near the town of Silverthorne, about 60 miles (97 kilometers) west of Denver.

"This area, there is a lot of homes that are pretty tightly packed together," U.S. Forest Service spokesman Adam Bianchi said. "Being a resort town, there's a need for a lot of housing and there's only so much available space for good land to build on.

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Tue, 12 Jun 2018 20:19:03 -0600
<![CDATA[Fire destroys 14 apartments, displaces dozens of people at east Colorado Springs complex]]> http://gazette.com/fire-destroys-14-apartments-displaces-dozens-of-people-at-east-colorado-springs-complex/article/1627598?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fire-destroys-14-apartments-displaces-dozens-of-people-at-east-colorado-springs-complex/article/1627598?custom_click=rss

A three-alarm blaze at an east Colorado Springs apartment complex Monday displaced 41 people - including three children - and destroyed 14 units across two buildings, said Fire Capt. Brian Vaughan.

The fire was reported about 5:30 p.m. at The Village at Lionstone, 255 Lionstone Drive, after people heard an explosion and saw flames, Fire Lt. Don Watkins said Monday.

Twelve of the affected units are in building 515, and two are in building 525, Vaughan said. The units in building 525 sustained smoke and water damage, he said.

Three of the 14 destroyed units were unoccupied.

Three people were treated on scene for injuries - one for smoke inhalation and two for thermal burns. A dog and two hamsters were killed.

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Tue, 12 Jun 2018 19:38:11 -0600
<![CDATA[Haze over Pikes Peak region is residual smoke from fires elsewhere in Colorado]]> http://gazette.com/haze-over-pikes-peak-region-is-residual-smoke-from-fires-elsewhere-in-colorado/article/1627596?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/haze-over-pikes-peak-region-is-residual-smoke-from-fires-elsewhere-in-colorado/article/1627596?custom_click=rss

Haze sitting over the Pikes Peak region is residual smoke from two wildfires burning in southwestern Colorado, meteorologists say.

The haze should lift throughout the day as temperatures rise and sink during the night, said weather service meteorologist Stephen Hodnaish. The thickness of the cloud also will depend on the strength and the wind direction.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment issued an Air Quality Health Advisory for the smoke for parts of southwest Colorado. Though El Paso County was not included in the advisory, the county is under an Ozone Action Day Alert.

The 416 and Burro fires are burning 23,378 and 2,136 acres, respectively, in the San Juan National Forest north of Durango.

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Tue, 12 Jun 2018 14:13:08 -0600