<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - fire]]> http://gazette.com/rss/fire Tue, 22 Aug 2017 03:27:05 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Grass fire on Air Force Academy grounds contained]]> http://gazette.com/grass-fire-on-air-force-academy-grounds-contained/article/1609179?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/grass-fire-on-air-force-academy-grounds-contained/article/1609179?custom_click=rss

A small grass fire on the U.S. Air Force Academy on Tuesday afternoon was contained but could continue to smoke overnight, a spokesman said.

The fire was reported about 1 p.m. by witnesses who saw the smoke from Interstate 25.

The flames worked their way through a grassy area along the Santa Fe Trail on Air Force grounds, about 2 miles south of the North Gate entrance, spokesman Meade Warthen said.

The size of the burn area was not available Tuesday, but Warthen said it remained "a small fire."

No structures or trees were damaged, he said. Firefighters had not identified the cause.

A section of the Santa Fe trail remains closed while fire crews monitor the area.

The Tri-Lakes Monument Fire Protection



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Tue, 15 Aug 2017 15:36:45 -0600
<![CDATA[Authorities: Fire at historic Colorado flour mill was arson ]]> http://gazette.com/authorities-fire-at-historic-colorado-flour-mill-was-arson/article/1609035?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/authorities-fire-at-historic-colorado-flour-mill-was-arson/article/1609035?custom_click=rss

WINDSOR — A fire that gutted a 118-year-old flour mill in northern Colorado was arson, investigators said Sunday.

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives did not identify any suspects or a motive. It offered a $10,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction.

No one was injured in the Aug. 6 fire in Windsor, about 60 miles (90 kilometers) north of Denver.

"Someone caused it, so someone out there knows what took place that night," said Debora Livingston, special agent in charge of the bureau's Denver office. "We hope they will come forward.



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Sun, 13 Aug 2017 13:47:30 -0600
<![CDATA[Fire blocks route for dozens in Glacier National Park chalet]]> http://gazette.com/fire-blocks-route-for-dozens-in-glacier-national-park-chalet/article/1608936?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fire-blocks-route-for-dozens-in-glacier-national-park-chalet/article/1608936?custom_click=rss

HELENA, Mont. — A wildfire has cut off the return route for dozens of people staying in a Glacier National Park backcountry chalet, leaving them the choice of remaining until rangers tell them it's safe or hiking out along a longer and more difficult trail, park officials said Friday.

Park rangers also planned to lead out 39 other hikers who were staying in backcountry campsites near fires that broke out after a passing lightning storm on Thursday, Glacier spokeswoman Lauren Alley said.

It's peak tourist season at the Montana park, and the stone chalet built more than a century ago is a top attraction in one of the busiest parts of Glacier.



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Sat, 12 Aug 2017 08:05:31 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs contracts for use of Global SuperTanker for fire disasters]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-contracts-for-use-of-global-supertanker-for-fire-disasters/article/1608960?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-contracts-for-use-of-global-supertanker-for-fire-disasters/article/1608960?custom_click=rss

Colorado Springs, where nearly 350 homes were destroyed in the 2012 Waldo Canyon fire, has contracted with Global SuperTanker Services LLC to use the mammoth air tanker to drop giant payloads of water and retardant during fire disasters.

The city's contract with Global SuperTanker is a "call when needed" arrangement. If Fire Department commanders determine they need it, they'd request the SuperTanker - if it's not in service elsewhere.

Under the contract, the Springs would only pay if it uses the aircraft.

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]]> Fri, 11 Aug 2017 20:42:18 -0600 <![CDATA[Lightning-sparked fire displaces Colorado Springs family, cats and fish]]> http://gazette.com/lightning-sparked-fire-displaces-colorado-springs-family-cats-and-fish/article/1608867?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lightning-sparked-fire-displaces-colorado-springs-family-cats-and-fish/article/1608867?custom_click=rss

Lightning likely sparked the house fire that displaced a mother, her two children, two cats and a fish Wednesday night in southwest Colorado Springs, fire officials said.

Lightning struck a tree near 5805 Broadmoor Bluffs Drive and sparked flames that traveled through the ground and into electrical conduit, burning from a basement wall to the attic of the two-story house, said Fire Capt. Steve Wilch, department spokesman.

The family was sleeping when the fire erupted, Wilch said.

"The mom and two kids were able to get out unharmed because the smoke alarm activated and they called 911," he said, adding that the trio will stay with family and friends in the area. The American Red Cross of Southeastern Colorado also



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Thu, 10 Aug 2017 12:55:23 -0600
<![CDATA[Cause of Seven Falls fire announced]]> http://gazette.com/cause-of-seven-falls-fire-announced/article/1608710?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cause-of-seven-falls-fire-announced/article/1608710?custom_click=rss

An investigator has ruled that the fire that gutted the caretaker's home at The Broadmoor Seven Falls Saturday was accidental.

El Paso County Sheriff's spokeswoman Jacqueline Kirby said the fire was caused by equipment failure in the boiler room. The blaze broke out about 6:45 a.m. in the building at 2850 S. Cheyenne Road. Seven Falls was closed for the rest of the day and reopened at 9 a.m. Sunday.

More than 50 firefighters responded to the blaze and The Broadmoor Fire Department put out a call for assistance.



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Tue, 08 Aug 2017 11:11:16 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs airmen scoring victories against Western wildfires]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-airmen-scoring-victories-against-western-wildfires/article/1608441?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-airmen-scoring-victories-against-western-wildfires/article/1608441?custom_click=rss

With more than 500,000 acres ablaze across the Western United States, aerial firefighters from Colorado Springs have been hopping with daily sorties from southern California to Oregon.

There's been no respite for the crew from Peterson Air Force Base's 302nd Airlift Wing since it was called to take on flames last week, said Lt. Col. Robert Fairbanks. But the wing's part-time airmen aren't dragging with the military duty that took them away from civilian jobs.

Fairbanks said they're inspired.

"It is an opportunity to use our training and our abilities to see an immediate impact and results," he said.

Fairbanks' crew is flying out of Fresno, Calif. with a C-130 packing the Modular Airborne Firefighting System, which



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Sun, 06 Aug 2017 21:07:25 -0600
<![CDATA[Fire destroys historic mill in northern Colorado ]]> http://gazette.com/fire-destroys-historic-mill-in-northern-colorado/article/1608606?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fire-destroys-historic-mill-in-northern-colorado/article/1608606?custom_click=rss

WINDSOR — Federal and state officials are investigating what caused a fire that destroyed a historic mill in the northern Colorado town of Windsor.

The Greeley Tribune reports that the blaze early Sunday destroyed the Windsor Mill. No injuries are reported.

Smoke permeated Windsor's streets, and foam insulation debris littered surrounding streets.

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation are investigating the cause.

The 1899 flour mill had been undergoing renovations. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Windsor is about 60 miles (90 kilometers) north of Denver.



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Sun, 06 Aug 2017 10:15:28 -0600
<![CDATA[Fire damages Seven Falls building, shuts down tourist attraction for a day]]> http://gazette.com/fire-damages-seven-falls-building-shuts-down-tourist-attraction-for-a-day/article/1608581?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fire-damages-seven-falls-building-shuts-down-tourist-attraction-for-a-day/article/1608581?custom_click=rss

Dozens of firefighters battled an early morning fire Saturday that heavily damaged the caretaker's home at The Broadmoor Seven Falls, shutting down the popular tourist attraction west of Colorado Springs for the rest of the day.

No one was in the building, which is used as an office, when the fire broke out about 6:45 a.m. The blaze was kept from spreading beyond the building located just inside the gates of the park at 2850 S. Cheyenne Road.

A recorded message said the park would reopen at 9 a.m. Sunday.

To fight the fire, several water tenders carrying thousands of gallons of water had to be brought in because there are no hydrants nearby, said Fire Department spokesman Capt. Steve Wilch.



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Sat, 05 Aug 2017 21:14:16 -0600
<![CDATA[Fire put out at 86-story residential skyscraper in Dubai]]> http://gazette.com/fire-put-out-at-86-story-residential-skyscraper-in-dubai/article/1608482?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fire-put-out-at-86-story-residential-skyscraper-in-dubai/article/1608482?custom_click=rss

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Police in Dubai have reopened the streets around one of the world's tallest residential skyscrapers after firefighters put out a blaze that erupted early Friday in the high-rise, forcing residents to evacuate in the middle of the night and sending chunks of debris plummeting below.

No major injuries had been reported. A few people were treated for smoke inhalation, according to Dubai's Gulf News website.

Several residents said the fire broke out just after 1 a.m. at the 86-story Torch Tower — a more than 1,100-foot-tall (335 meters) residential building in Dubai's popular waterfront Marina district. The same building had also caught fire just two-and-a-half years earlier.



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Fri, 04 Aug 2017 06:34:16 -0600
<![CDATA[Exact causes of 3 Colorado fires remain undetermined ]]> http://gazette.com/exact-causes-of-3-colorado-fires-remain-undetermined/article/1608432?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/exact-causes-of-3-colorado-fires-remain-undetermined/article/1608432?custom_click=rss

DURANGO — Firefighters say they have not determined the official causes of three fires that started earlier this year in Durango.

The Durango Herald reported Wednesday Durango Fire Protection District Fire Marshal Karola Hanks says he would consider all three fires "significant" and he wants to make sure the firefighters "get everything right."

Firefighters have been working with the Durango Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to determine the causes of the blazes.

An accelerant-sniffing dog was used in the investigation of one May 21 fire, and the ATF offered a $5,000 reward to anyone with information leading to an arrest for the fire.



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Thu, 03 Aug 2017 11:00:19 -0600