<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - fire]]> http://gazette.com/rss/fire Wed, 04 Mar 2015 21:05:36 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Former Black Forest fire chief cleared by DA in use of fire district credit cards]]> BY RYAN MAYE HANDY ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/former-black-forest-fire-chief-cleared-by-da-in-use-of-fire-district-credit-cards/article/1547319?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/former-black-forest-fire-chief-cleared-by-da-in-use-of-fire-district-credit-cards/article/1547319?custom_click=rss

The El Paso County District Attorney's Office said it found no wrongdoing during an investigation into former Black Forest Fire Protection District Chief Bob Harvey use of the district's credit card.

Harvey put four charges on the card, all of which the DA's office declared were legitimate, according to a letter sent to the district's board, obtained by The Gazette.

The charges on the card included $450 for a psychiatric visit, $226 to replace lost sunglasses, $100 to replace lost firefighting manuals and $26 to purchase postage for thank you notes sent to people who donated to the fire station.

The DA's office found that the first three charges were within the scope of the typical expenses covered by district.

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]]> The El Paso County District Attorney's Office said it found no wrongdoing during an investigation into former Black Forest Fire Protection District Chief Bob Harvey use of the district's credit card.

Harvey put four charges on the card, all of which the DA's office declared were legitimate, according to a letter sent to the district's board, obtained by The Gazette.

The charges on the card included $450 for a psychiatric visit, $226 to replace lost sunglasses, $100 to replace lost firefighting manuals and $26 to purchase postage for thank you notes sent to people who donated to the fire station.

The DA's office found that the first three charges were within the scope of the typical expenses covered by district.]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 12:51:11 -0700 <![CDATA[Large fire in Chipita Park]]> KKTV http://gazette.com/large-fire-in-chipita-park/article/1546969?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/large-fire-in-chipita-park/article/1546969?custom_click=rss

A huge fire started in Chipita Park Thursday night.

It is in the 9000 block of Mohawk Trail.

Flames are visible for miles away. Firefighters say two people were able to escape and there were no injuries.

The freezing temperatures and snow made it hard for the firefighters to fight the flames, but by 10:30 p.m. the fire was knocked down.



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A huge fire started in Chipita Park Thursday night.

It is in the 9000 block of Mohawk Trail.

Flames are visible for miles away. Firefighters say two people were able to escape and there were no injuries.

The freezing temperatures and snow made it hard for the firefighters to fight the flames, but by 10:30 p.m. the fire was knocked down.

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Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:57:45 -0700
<![CDATA[Fire closes Manitou Avenue]]> KKTV http://gazette.com/fire-closes-manitou-avenue/article/1546902?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fire-closes-manitou-avenue/article/1546902?custom_click=rss

Manitou Ave was closed for a short time Wednesday evening due to a fire in downtown Manitou Springs.

The fire broke out in the basement of the Whickerbill. Firefighters say they were able to get the fire out before it spread to bunch of dried wood that was being kept in the basement.

No one was hurt.



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Manitou Ave was closed for a short time Wednesday evening due to a fire in downtown Manitou Springs.

The fire broke out in the basement of the Whickerbill. Firefighters say they were able to get the fire out before it spread to bunch of dried wood that was being kept in the basement.

No one was hurt.

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Thu, 26 Feb 2015 05:43:02 -0700
<![CDATA[Upgrade of Colorado Springs firefighter memorial on track for April completion]]> BY KASSONDRA CLOOS kassondra.cloos@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/upgrade-of-colorado-springs-firefighter-memorial-on-track-for-april-completion/article/1546899?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/upgrade-of-colorado-springs-firefighter-memorial-on-track-for-april-completion/article/1546899?custom_click=rss

For families of firefighters who have died in the line of duty, the Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial is more than a physical commemoration of their loved ones' sacrifices.

Some family members, like Kristen Pascall and Terry Hekkers, attend the ceremony year after year to meet with others who know their pain.

The memorial is in the midst of a $4 million upgrade courtesy of the International Association of Fire Fighters' 300,000 members.

Construction began after the annual ceremony in September and is on track to be completed by April, said Justin Koch, president of Colorado Springs Professional Fire Fighter Association, IAFF Local No. 5.

The walls engraved with thousands of names have been removed and are in storage.

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Some family members, like Kristen Pascall and Terry Hekkers, attend the ceremony year after year to meet with others who know their pain.

The memorial is in the midst of a $4 million upgrade courtesy of the International Association of Fire Fighters' 300,000 members.

Construction began after the annual ceremony in September and is on track to be completed by April, said Justin Koch, president of Colorado Springs Professional Fire Fighter Association, IAFF Local No. 5.

The walls engraved with thousands of names have been removed and are in storage.]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 04:10:19 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs storage unit fire human-caused]]> BY KASSONDRA CLOOS kassondra.cloos@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-storage-unit-fire-human-caused/article/1546617?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-storage-unit-fire-human-caused/article/1546617?custom_click=rss

A fire that damaged at least 10 storage units Saturday at a west Colorado Springs facility was human-caused, the Colorado Springs Fire Department said Thursday.

Several units at SecureCare Self Storage at 2005 King Street were ablaze when firefighters arrived shortly after 4 p.m. Saturday. Capt. Steve Oswald, a spokesman for CSFD, said in an email that the fire was caused by people. He did not say whether the fire was intentionally set.

Fire investigators are trying to contact the individual who started the fire to make sure he or she does not have any injuries from the blaze.

No further information was available.



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A fire that damaged at least 10 storage units Saturday at a west Colorado Springs facility was human-caused, the Colorado Springs Fire Department said Thursday.

Several units at SecureCare Self Storage at 2005 King Street were ablaze when firefighters arrived shortly after 4 p.m. Saturday. Capt. Steve Oswald, a spokesman for CSFD, said in an email that the fire was caused by people. He did not say whether the fire was intentionally set.

Fire investigators are trying to contact the individual who started the fire to make sure he or she does not have any injuries from the blaze.

No further information was available.

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Thu, 19 Feb 2015 22:51:06 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs burns will clear brush near highway]]> BY STEPHEN HOBBS stephen.hobbs@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-burns-will-clear-brush-near-highway/article/1546499?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-burns-will-clear-brush-near-highway/article/1546499?custom_click=rss Colorado Springs Utilities plans to conduct agricultural burns this week to clear brush and vegetation from irrigation ditches, the company said in a news release.

The utilities' wildland fire team will conduct the burns Thursday and Friday at 4940 south Highway 85/87, weather permitting. Motorists on Interstate 25, Academy Boulevard and Highway 85/87 may see smoke in the area during the burns, CSU said.

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]]> Colorado Springs Utilities plans to conduct agricultural burns this week to clear brush and vegetation from irrigation ditches, the company said in a news release.

The utilities' wildland fire team will conduct the burns Thursday and Friday at 4940 south Highway 85/87, weather permitting. Motorists on Interstate 25, Academy Boulevard and Highway 85/87 may see smoke in the area during the burns, CSU said.]]> Tue, 17 Feb 2015 21:55:02 -0700 <![CDATA[Women hotshots blaze trail]]> By ryan maye handy ryanmaye.handy@gmail.com - http://gazette.com/women-hotshots-blaze-trail/article/1546363?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/women-hotshots-blaze-trail/article/1546363?custom_click=rss

Mary Lowry was a freshly minted graduate from Colorado College in 1997 when she arrived for her first day of work with the Pike Interagency Hotshot Crew. As she stepped from her car at the crew's home in Monument, she heard screams and cheers.

"I parked my car and I get out and I hear all these men, and I can't see anyone," Lowry recalled. "They were screaming, 'Rookie'!"

Even though she was a rookie, it didn't take long for Lowry to prove herself. In a world dominated by men, she quickly found a place on the elite seasonal firefighting team.

"When I showed up that first season, there were four women on the crew, which was a huge number for a hotshot crew," she said. "I just lucked out where there was support (for



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Mary Lowry was a freshly minted graduate from Colorado College in 1997 when she arrived for her first day of work with the Pike Interagency Hotshot Crew. As she stepped from her car at the crew's home in Monument, she heard screams and cheers.

"I parked my car and I get out and I hear all these men, and I can't see anyone," Lowry recalled. "They were screaming, 'Rookie'!"

Even though she was a rookie, it didn't take long for Lowry to prove herself. In a world dominated by men, she quickly found a place on the elite seasonal firefighting team.

"When I showed up that first season, there were four women on the crew, which was a huge number for a hotshot crew," she said. "I just lucked out where there was support (for

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