<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - fire]]> http://gazette.com/rss/fire Fri, 29 Jul 2016 21:47:01 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Officials work to assess watershed conditions in wake of Hayden Pass fire]]> http://gazette.com/officials-work-to-assess-watershed-conditions-in-wake-of-hayden-pass-fire/article/1581525?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/officials-work-to-assess-watershed-conditions-in-wake-of-hayden-pass-fire/article/1581525?custom_click=rss

As the Hayden Pass fire dies down, officials' concerns have shifted from battling the blaze to addressing the impacts it could have on the landscape.

Wildfires increase the risk of flooding, soil erosion and flow of debris in, around and downstream from burned areas, the U.S. Forest Service said in a statement Friday.

The agency advised that residents and visitors near areas impacted by the fire pay attention to local forecasts and be prepared for weather events, such as thunderstorms and heavy rain.

The fire remained 58 percent contained Friday, sprawling over 16,559 acres about 20 miles southeast of Salida. One-hundred-thirty-six personnel were on scene Friday, according to an update from fire officials.



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Fri, 29 Jul 2016 17:51:34 -0600
<![CDATA[Heat, wind stir, but don't grow Hayden Pass fire]]> http://gazette.com/heat-wind-stir-but-dont-grow-hayden-pass-fire/article/1581404?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/heat-wind-stir-but-dont-grow-hayden-pass-fire/article/1581404?custom_click=rss

The Hayden Pass fire, burning about 20 miles southeast of Salida since July 10, remained 58 percent contained Thursday and had blackened 16,559 acres, officials said.

Hot, dry and windy conditions caused flare-ups amid pockets of untouched trees Wednesday near Black Mountain and the Big Cottonwood Drainage, but didn't grow the fire's perimeter.

It was a "test of our containment lines," Incident Commander Nick Stanzak said. "The fire is doing what it's supposed to, removing diseased trees to make room for healthy ones."

The wind and flare-ups led columns of smoke to rise out of the wilderness, Wednesday and Thursday, but officials said residents should not worry. A tweet from the Hayden Pass fire account said "No need



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Thu, 28 Jul 2016 21:52:37 -0600
<![CDATA[Hayden Pass fire gradually easing]]> http://gazette.com/hayden-pass-fire-gradually-easing/article/1581196?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hayden-pass-fire-gradually-easing/article/1581196?custom_click=rss

The Hayden Pass fire continues to fizzle out.

Fire activity was minimal Monday, producing little smoke, and containment grew slightly to 58 percent, according to a Tuesday update from fire officials. The size of the fire's perimeter spread slightly to 16,559 acres. Containment was at 55 percent Monday morning.

"The fire is taking its natural course and slowly burning through the dead and diseased timber," officials said in the update. "This will allow regeneration to occur and also provide a natural fire break."

Rehabilitation efforts continue Tuesday, along with work to remove hazards, like dead trees and debris, from the Rainbow Trail.

A fire closure order remains in place on the Pike San Isabel National

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]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 07:53:42 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado homeowners can take measures to protect properties from wildfire]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-homeowners-can-take-measures-to-protect-properties-from-wildfire/article/1581088?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-homeowners-can-take-measures-to-protect-properties-from-wildfire/article/1581088?custom_click=rss

The cacophony of chainsaws became the soundtrack of the summer when Jean and Michael Blaisdell returned to their home after being evacuated during the Hayman fire in 2002.

That's when the Blaisdells and other residents in Ridgewood, a subdivision in the forest north of Woodland Park, began to take seriously the threat of wildfires - and the measures that could help save their properties. Now, more than half of the homeowners in the community have taken steps to make their houses more fire safe, from chopping trees to choosing noncombustible building materials.

"We built this house in 1982 with the intention of cutting down as few trees as possible. Now all we do is cut down trees," said Jean Blaisdell, who moved to Ridgewood



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Mon, 25 Jul 2016 21:19:51 -0600
<![CDATA[UPDATE: Fire burning near Lake George downsized]]> http://gazette.com/update-fire-burning-near-lake-george-downsized/article/1581083?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/update-fire-burning-near-lake-george-downsized/article/1581083?custom_click=rss

UPDATE: 4:50 p.m.

Fire crews say better mapping has led them to downsize the scope of the Wilson fire to 0.7 acres, according to a U.S. Forest Service tweet at 4:48 p.m.

Firefighters continue to "improve and secure" the fire line about 3 miles south of Lake George and mop up the burn area, the Forest Service stated.

Fire crews from multiple departments Sunday are battling a 2-acre blaze about 3 miles south of Lake George in Park County, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

Crews are referring to it as the Wilson fire.

Officials did not say if they know where or how the fire started.

Check back at gazette.com for updates.

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]]> Sun, 24 Jul 2016 16:36:50 -0600 <![CDATA[Hayden Pass fire estimated to be 55% contained]]> http://gazette.com/hayden-pass-fire-estimated-to-be-55-contained/article/1581013?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hayden-pass-fire-estimated-to-be-55-contained/article/1581013?custom_click=rss

Two weeks after it was ignited by a lightning strike, the Hayden Pass fire is gradually being contained.

As of Friday evening, officials estimated containment at 55 percent as the wildfire near Coaldale has burned 16,489 acres, according to InciWeb, which tracks fires in national forests.

"Firefighters began extensive back-hauling of equipment away from the fire, back to staging points for transport back to home locations," officials said Friday in the InciWeb report. "Residents were advised in the fire updates to expect to see smoke for several weeks."

The fire started July 8 and continues to burn in the Sangre de Cristo wilderness.

The last group of evacuees - from County Road 6 - were allowed to return home



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Sat, 23 Jul 2016 09:33:21 -0600
<![CDATA[Firefighters contain small brush fire in Penrose]]> http://gazette.com/firefighters-contain-small-brush-fire-in-penrose/article/1581011?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/firefighters-contain-small-brush-fire-in-penrose/article/1581011?custom_click=rss Firefighters battled a small brush fire Friday evening that burned through private land of Brush Hollow in Penrose, according to the Fremont County Sheriff's Office Facebook page.

Started after a lightning strike, the fire destroyed one-tenth of an acre.

Penrose Fire crews responded to the scene.

There were no reports of injuries or structure damage.



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Fri, 22 Jul 2016 21:45:39 -0600
<![CDATA[Wildfire burning in mountains near Palmer Lake]]> http://gazette.com/wildfire-burning-in-mountains-near-palmer-lake/article/1580985?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wildfire-burning-in-mountains-near-palmer-lake/article/1580985?custom_click=rss

Authorities are working to put out a small wildfire Friday in the mountains west of Palmer Lake, according to the Tri-Lakes Monument Fire Protection District.

The fire is half an acre in size on "rough and rocky" land 3 miles West of Palmer Lake, according to a Tweet from the U.S. Forest Service Pike and San Isabel National Forests.

The Forest Service, Palmer Lake Volunteer Fire Department, and El Paso County Sheriff's Office Wildland Fire Crew were on the scene at 3 p.m., according to a tweet from the Tri-Lakes Monument Fire Protection District's public information officer. Firefighters from the U.S. Forest Service were hiking to the fire at 3:25 p.m., said Dawn Sanchez, a spokeswoman for the agency.

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Fri, 22 Jul 2016 16:29:55 -0600
<![CDATA[Crews rescue endangered trout feared to be wiped out by Hayden Pass fire]]> http://gazette.com/crews-rescue-endangered-trout-feared-to-be-wiped-out-by-hayden-pass-fire/article/1580871?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/crews-rescue-endangered-trout-feared-to-be-wiped-out-by-hayden-pass-fire/article/1580871?custom_click=rss

There is hope for endangered trout whose home was burned by the Hayden Pass fire.

Personnel with Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the U.S. Forest Service arrived Wednesday at Hayden Creek's south prong in the Sangre de Cristo wilderness west of Cañon City to gather survivors of what is believed to be the sole habitat of a cutthroat trout. The subspecies is genetically unlike fish anywhere else, according to Greg Policky, Parks and Wildlife's aquatic biologist.

"We were able to take out as many as I hoped we would," he said. "The worry was if we didn't do anything, we'd lose this population and that'd be it. They'd be done.



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Thu, 21 Jul 2016 15:06:12 -0600
<![CDATA[1 million gallons of water not enough to end Hayden Pass fire, but most residents can return home]]> http://gazette.com/1-million-gallons-of-water-not-enough-to-end-hayden-pass-fire-but-most-residents-can-return-home/article/1580775?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/1-million-gallons-of-water-not-enough-to-end-hayden-pass-fire-but-most-residents-can-return-home/article/1580775?custom_click=rss

More than 1 million gallons of water have been used to suppress the Hayden Pass fire, officials said Wednesday.

It's not enough to douse the flames - officials say the fire will burn in the high country for quite some time - but it has been enough to allow all residents evacuated near Coaldale to return home by Thursday.

The majority of residents were able to return to their homes Tuesday, but people living off County Road 6 near Coaldale finally will have access to their homes starting at 8 a.m. Thursday. A pass is required to enter the area.

"Residents will continue to see smoke from the interior of the fire until the area receives significant precipitation," incident commanders on the Rocky Mountain Blue Team said.



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Thu, 21 Jul 2016 06:48:13 -0600
<![CDATA[Two cars, home destroyed in eastern Colorado Springs house fire]]> http://gazette.com/two-cars-home-destroyed-in-eastern-colorado-springs-house-fire/article/1580766?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/two-cars-home-destroyed-in-eastern-colorado-springs-house-fire/article/1580766?custom_click=rss

A house fire on Tee Post Lane on the eastern edge of Colorado Springs was knocked down within 30 minutes Wednesday morning, but left the home unlivable, a Falcon Fire Department spokesman said.

Four of the six people who live in the house were home at the time of the fire and escaped without injury, Falcon fire spokesman Robin Widmar said. Several rabbits, sugar gliders and ferrets also survived, thanks to neighbors who ran into the burning home to save them, according to Benjamin Valadez, 30, who lives at 2038 Tee Post Lane.

"From our side it was just smoke but from the outside the whole garage was on fire," Valadez said. "We were running out but people started running in when I said we had pets inside."

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Thu, 21 Jul 2016 06:48:07 -0600
<![CDATA[Firefighters battle house fire in northeast Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/firefighters-battle-house-fire-in-northeast-colorado-springs/article/1580744?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/firefighters-battle-house-fire-in-northeast-colorado-springs/article/1580744?custom_click=rss

Firefighters responded to an attic fire at a northeast Colorado Springs home Tuesday night, the Colorado Springs Fire Department said.

The fire near the intersection of Wild Cherry Lane and Royal Pine was under control just after 9 p.m. - about 30 minutes after it was first reported.

There were no immediate reports of injuries. The cause of the fire is unknown.



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Tue, 19 Jul 2016 21:38:42 -0600
<![CDATA[Residents evacuated by Hayden Pass fire will be allowed back in homes]]> http://gazette.com/residents-evacuated-by-hayden-pass-fire-will-be-allowed-back-in-homes/article/1580615?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/residents-evacuated-by-hayden-pass-fire-will-be-allowed-back-in-homes/article/1580615?custom_click=rss

Some residents evacuated during the Hayden Pass fire will be able to return home Tuesday.

The Fremont County Sheriff's Office said Monday that residents living in the Big Cottonwood Country Road 40, Fox Creek, Mosher Creek and Eagle Peak subdivisions will be allowed back into their homes at 8 a.m. Some residents have been evacuated since July 10, two days after a lightning strike started the fire near Coaldale.

Residents who did not get a pass Monday night can pick one up from 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday at the high school or after noon at the Howard Fire Department.

Officials Monday estimated the blaze had burned 16,414 acres.

A mandatory evacuation remains in place for County Road 6, just south of County Road 45.



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Tue, 19 Jul 2016 06:55:53 -0600
<![CDATA[Traffic picking up after Interstate 25 fire, wreck]]> http://gazette.com/traffic-picking-up-after-interstate-25-fire-wreck/article/1580621?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/traffic-picking-up-after-interstate-25-fire-wreck/article/1580621?custom_click=rss

A wreck on north Interstate 25 near Palmer Divide Avenue in Larkspur and small brush fire near the road caused traffic delays Monday morning, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.

The wreck was reported at 8:18 a.m. near mile marker 166, according to Larkspur Fire Department.

The brush fire was 100 percent contained at 9:20 a.m., an administrative assistant at the department said. Authorities were unsure whether the wreck caused the fire.

The scene was cleared by 10:30 a.m., according to the state transportation department.

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]]> Mon, 18 Jul 2016 10:12:29 -0600 <![CDATA[Citing danger, firefighters let some areas of Coaldale blaze burn]]> http://gazette.com/citing-danger-firefighters-let-some-areas-of-coaldale-blaze-burn/article/1580584?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/citing-danger-firefighters-let-some-areas-of-coaldale-blaze-burn/article/1580584?custom_click=rss

COALDALE — Firefighters are letting areas of a wildfire burn near Coaldale in southern Colorado because it is too dangerous to get into some wilderness areas, authorities said Sunday.

However, they have managed to protect homes and contain 20 percent of the blaze.

In northern Colorado, the state's largest fire was burning along the Colorado-Wyoming border. It has blackened more than 35 square miles after starting June 19.

On Saturday, winds gusting to 35 mph kept the fire north of Walden moving toward the Republic River, where firefighters were protecting several ranches.

Officials want to "protect the structures in the area, while keeping the safety of our firefighters safe is our No. 1 priority,"



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Mon, 18 Jul 2016 07:17:05 -0600