<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - fire]]> http://gazette.com/rss/fire Fri, 26 Aug 2016 22:52:48 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Fire damages building at Colorado Springs car dealership]]> http://gazette.com/fire-damages-building-at-colorado-springs-car-dealership/article/1583258?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fire-damages-building-at-colorado-springs-car-dealership/article/1583258?custom_click=rss

Fire crews battled a fire at a vacant building next to a Colorado Springs car dealership on Friday afternoon.

The fire was reported just before 4:30 p.m. at Cheyenne Mountain Motors, off South Nevada Avenue just south of Interstate 25.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

No one was hurt in the incident.



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Sat, 20 Aug 2016 07:59:41 -0600
<![CDATA[Blue Cut fire claims historic Route 66 diner]]> http://gazette.com/blue-cut-fire-claims-historic-route-66-diner/article/1582986?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/blue-cut-fire-claims-historic-route-66-diner/article/1582986?custom_click=rss

Route 66’s famous Summit Inn has joined Colorado Springs’ Flying W Ranch as a historic landmark destroyed by wildfire.

Fire officials say a fire racing through canyons east of Los Angeles has burned at least a dozen buildings, including some homes and the Summit Inn.

In its heyday, the iconic diner was a favorite haunt for the Hollywood elite and was visited by Elvis Presley, John Wayne, Clint Eastwood and Pierce Brosnan, among others.

"Elvis stopped at the restaurant and kicked the jukebox when he didn't see any of his records," owner Katherine Juarez told NBC Los Angeles.

Now the famous restaurant and its gift shop are in ashes.



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Wed, 17 Aug 2016 07:34:30 -0600
<![CDATA[El Paso County lifts fire restrictions]]> http://gazette.com/el-paso-county-lifts-fire-restrictions/article/1582916?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/el-paso-county-lifts-fire-restrictions/article/1582916?custom_click=rss

Stage 1 fire restrictions, in place for more than a month, were lifted for unincorporated El Paso County on Tuesday.

The restrictions were put in place on July 12 due to a forecast of "dry and warmer than normal conditions, resulting in very high to extreme fire danger ratings," according to the El Paso County Sheriff's Office. Open burning and outdoor smoking were prohibited.



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Tue, 16 Aug 2016 15:19:10 -0600
<![CDATA[Coalition of crews put out Basin fire in Elbert County]]> http://gazette.com/coalition-of-crews-put-out-basin-fire-in-elbert-county/article/1582879?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/coalition-of-crews-put-out-basin-fire-in-elbert-county/article/1582879?custom_click=rss

Elbert County crews needed nine hours to extinguish the nearly 600-acre Basin fire burning near the town of Agate.

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No structures were threatened and no injuries were reported, according to the Elbert County Sheriff's Office Facebook page. The fire burned 576 acres, according to the Elizabeth Fire Department Twitter page.

"I'm amazed and proud of what the team accomplished," Sheriff Shayne Heap posted on social media. "The blaze was extinguished; crews will work on hot spots throughout the day."

Officials reported three fires about 7 p.m., which were started by lightning strikes, according to Twitter posts.

Fire crews from 11 agencies assisted in dousing flames.



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Tue, 16 Aug 2016 13:43:15 -0600
<![CDATA[2 firefighters taken to Colorado Springs hospital following trailer fire in Calhan]]> http://gazette.com/2-firefighters-taken-to-colorado-springs-hospital-following-trailer-fire-in-calhan/article/1582814?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/2-firefighters-taken-to-colorado-springs-hospital-following-trailer-fire-in-calhan/article/1582814?custom_click=rss

Two firefighters were hospitalized Monday following a trailer fire at a home off Colorado 94 in Calhan.

The firefighters were taken to Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs with heat-related injuries, said Christy Malone, assistant chief at Ellicot Fire Department.

A third firefighter was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation, Malone said.

The fire was reported about 9:30 a.m. on the 1300 block of North Lauppe Road. Firefighters from the Ellicot, Calhan, Peyton, Edison, Hanover, Simla and Tri-County Fire Protection District responded.

The blaze broke out in a storage trailer and spread to a second trailer and a shed on the property. It took firefighters about 2 hours to extinguish the flames, Malone said.



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Mon, 15 Aug 2016 16:54:24 -0600
<![CDATA[Full recovery from Hayden Pass fire could take years]]> http://gazette.com/full-recovery-from-hayden-pass-fire-could-take-years/article/1582818?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/full-recovery-from-hayden-pass-fire-could-take-years/article/1582818?custom_click=rss

Officials are starting to make sense of the Hayden Pass fire's impact more than a month after the blaze was sparked by a lightning strike.

In a series of assessment reports, scientists and specialists outline a situation that is proving beneficial to the health of the Sangre De Cristo Mountain range and wilderness area, but poses a threat to recreationists, residents downstream of the burn scar and a few species that call the forest home.

Reports don't paint a dire picture for the area, largely national forestry land, but they do warn of possible danger if the area receives a lot of rain while it recovers.

On the upside, the fire "has rejuvenated the forested landscape," a report said. Older, disease-ridden trees will



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Mon, 15 Aug 2016 16:00:30 -0600
<![CDATA[Black Forest fire recovery leaders think about next time]]> http://gazette.com/black-forest-fire-recovery-leaders-think-about-next-time/article/1582730?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/black-forest-fire-recovery-leaders-think-about-next-time/article/1582730?custom_click=rss

In the three years since the Black Forest fire, about 300 homes have been or are being rebuilt.

About 480 were destroyed, but at this point, "it's slowed down a lot. I don't think we're going to see more than what we have now," said Kenneth Clark, forest director for Black Forest Together.

The nonprofit organization, which has been a resource for those recovering after the fire, is looking to the future.

"It doesn't make any sense to clean up the black sticks if you're not trying to prevent another (fire)," Clark said. "The disaster showed us what's going to happen - it gives you a preview of what can happen at any time."

And Eddie Bracken, co-founder of Black Forest Together, said, "It's not a question of if, but



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Sat, 13 Aug 2016 21:32:41 -0600
<![CDATA[Ted Collas named Colorado Springs fire chief, pending city council approval]]> http://gazette.com/ted-collas-named-colorado-springs-fire-chief-pending-city-council-approval/article/1582622?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ted-collas-named-colorado-springs-fire-chief-pending-city-council-approval/article/1582622?custom_click=rss

This time, the Colorado Springs mayor didn't have to look very far for a new fire chief.

On Friday, Mayor John Suthers announced in a city news release that the new head of the Colorado Springs Fire Department will be Ted Collas, who started his firefighting career with the department in 1985. He landed the position after the city conducted a nationwide search that included 45 applicants.

The move is pending confirmation by the City Council on Sept. 27.

Collas, 54, became the acting fire chief in March after Christopher P. Riley retired.

Riley was the Pueblo fire chief when he was recruited in 2013 to become the Colorado Springs fire chief. In March, he told The Gazette that "I made a decision to retire" at age



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Fri, 12 Aug 2016 18:56:00 -0600
<![CDATA[BLM reopens some public lands near Hayden Pass fire]]> http://gazette.com/blm-reopens-some-public-lands-near-hayden-pass-fire/article/1582490?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/blm-reopens-some-public-lands-near-hayden-pass-fire/article/1582490?custom_click=rss

The Hayden Pass fire is still smoldering in the high country, but some public lands around the area were reopened Thursday.

The Bureau of Land Management Royal Gorge Field Office announced it has lifted the emergency closure of lands south and southwest of Highway 50, near Coaldale. Kerr Gulch and Falls Gulch also are open, the release said.

That doesn't mean all trails around the burn area are open, though.

Parts of the area are in the Pike and San Isabel National Forests and are managed by the U.S. Forest Service, and they have their own closures in place, including the burn area.

Work was being done to make Rainbow Trail safe enough to reopen to hikers, but it has not yet been complete, according to a news



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Thu, 11 Aug 2016 19:03:43 -0600
<![CDATA[Last Hayden fire update says no communities threatened]]> http://gazette.com/last-hayden-fire-update-says-no-communities-threatened/article/1582392?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/last-hayden-fire-update-says-no-communities-threatened/article/1582392?custom_click=rss

The Hayden Pass fire remains active in the high country, but is not a threat to the communities that skirt the Pike and San Isabel National Forest. So much so that crews are winding down their firefighting efforts and officials said Wednesday's update would be the last.

A new official report will be posted to Inciweb on Thursday, though, officials said.

The burn area is holding steady at 16,754 acres with 60 percent containment.

The Rainbow Trail may soon open, too.

Crews are finishing clearing of hazardous trees along a 15-mile stretch of the trail. Less than a mile remains to be finished Wednesday, officials said.

Though a stage 1 fire restriction was lifted Tuesday, some closures remain in the area,



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Wed, 10 Aug 2016 17:41:51 -0600
<![CDATA[Officials to suspend updates on Hayden Pass fire; fire restrictions lifted]]> http://gazette.com/officials-to-suspend-updates-on-hayden-pass-fire-fire-restrictions-lifted/article/1582282?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/officials-to-suspend-updates-on-hayden-pass-fire-fire-restrictions-lifted/article/1582282?custom_click=rss

The Hayden Pass fire continues to burn, more than a month after it was ignited by lightning.

Daily updates on the fire will end Wednesday, fire officials said, as monitoring equipment will take over scans of the burn area. Crews will be ready to respond to reports of smoke and flames, officials said.

The fire is holding at 16,754 acres burned with 60 percent containment, the daily report said. Despite some rainfall over the burn area in recent days, officials say the fire will not be snuffed out until there is significant rain or snow.

For now, the area remains blocked off to hikers, especially as hazardous tree removal along Rainbow Trail continues. But some progress toward reopening came Tuesday.



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Tue, 09 Aug 2016 17:32:48 -0600
<![CDATA[Officials: No major growth is anticipated in Hayden Pass fire southwest of Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/officials-no-major-growth-is-anticipated-in-hayden-pass-fire-southwest-of-colorado-springs/article/1582202?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/officials-no-major-growth-is-anticipated-in-hayden-pass-fire-southwest-of-colorado-springs/article/1582202?custom_click=rss

Hayden Pass continues to get rain but not enough to snuff out the wildfire burning since July 8.

The area received .02 inches of rainfall Sunday, officials said in a report released Monday.

Afternoon thunderstorms are not unusual, but officials said they're expecting drier weather this week. Smoke may be visible, but no major growth is anticipated, officials said.

The burn area is holding steady at 16,754 acres, with 60 percent containment, but officials said the numbers can be misleading. The 60 percent containment relates to hand and dozer lines along the northeast side of the fire that guards against populated communities.



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Mon, 08 Aug 2016 17:56:29 -0600
<![CDATA[5 mobile homes destroyed in Ellicott fire]]> http://gazette.com/5-mobile-homes-destroyed-in-ellicott-fire/article/1582218?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/5-mobile-homes-destroyed-in-ellicott-fire/article/1582218?custom_click=rss Five mobile homes in a storage lot in east El Paso County were destroyed in a fire Sunday night, said Christy Malone, Ellicott Fire Department's assistant chief.

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office is investigating the fire as possible arson, spokeswoman Jacqueline Kirby said Monday.

Crews responded to the 23200 block of Highway 94 at about 12:30 a.m. Monday after a firefighter reported seeing "a glow in the air" from his home, Malone said. The fire was extinguished by about 4 a.m.

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