<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - fire]]> http://gazette.com/rss/fire Tue, 04 Aug 2015 16:11:28 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Colorado airmen called on to fight California wildfires]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-airmen-called-on-to-fight-california-wildfires/article/1556716?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-airmen-called-on-to-fight-california-wildfires/article/1556716?custom_click=rss

Crews and planes from the 302nd Airlift Wing in Colorado Springs flew Monday to fight growing wildfires that had blacked 124,000 acres in California.

Three C-130 transport planes and 28 airmen roared from Peterson Air Force Base on Monday morning and leaders planned to drop retardant to slow fires in Northern California by afternoon.

"They will do everything they can," said the wing's Lt. Col. Mark Richey.

The wing and its crews are renowned in the Pikes Peak region for their work to slow the 2012 Waldo Canyon fire and the 2013 Black Forest fire. Using specially equipped planes, 302nd airmen can drop up to 3,000 gallons of retardant to form a fire barrier that's a quarter-mile long and 100 feet wide.

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An early morning garage fire near downtown Colorado Springs forced the evacuation of two homes but no was hurt, Gazette news partner KKTV said in a report.

Firefighters had the blaze under control by 4 a.m. Friday, KKTV said.

The fire was first reported about 3 a.m. at a house on the 900 block of South Cascade Avenue.

Officials evacuated the residents of the home and one other.

"Thankfully it was only a garage fire and that no one was injured," neighbor Ben Bankford told KKTV.

The fire investigation is ongoing.



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Fri, 31 Jul 2015 07:42:52 -0600
<![CDATA[New problem on El Paso County's wildfire burn scars: noxious weeds]]> http://gazette.com/new-problem-on-el-paso-countys-wildfire-burn-scars-noxious-weeds/article/1556430?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-problem-on-el-paso-countys-wildfire-burn-scars-noxious-weeds/article/1556430?custom_click=rss

Noxious weeds are still noxious weeds, even where nothing grows.

In the years since the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest fires, noxious weeds have taken hold on the fires' two burn scars in western and eastern El Paso County, particularly in Black Forest, where rain and good soil provide a welcoming environment. While burn scars, denuded of vegetation and a flood risk, need all the growth they can get, once noxious weeds can be nearly impossible to eradicate, said Tina Travis, an environmental technician with El Paso County.

"They are usually the first ones to come up after a fire," said Travis. "If you don't gain a foothold on them now, you can't stop noxious weeds."

They are Canada thistle, yellow toadflax and mullein,



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Wed, 29 Jul 2015 06:57:35 -0600
<![CDATA[Wildfire watching: Rangers in towers are out, cameras are in]]> http://gazette.com/wildfire-watching-rangers-in-towers-are-out-cameras-are-in/article/feed/255536?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wildfire-watching-rangers-in-towers-are-out-cameras-are-in/article/feed/255536?custom_click=rss

RENO, Nev. (AP) — For decades, forest rangers in wooden towers across the West scanned the horizon with binoculars for smoke that could signal the start of a wildfire.

Now, scientists in Nevada and California are helping federal land managers develop technology to expand a network of high-definition cameras to do the job, including one in northern Nevada that recently captured a blaze in real-time more than 100 miles away in Oregon.

The latest project led by the Nevada Seismology Laboratory began two years ago at Lake Tahoe in conjunction with the Forest Service and other local agencies. In recent weeks, the Bureau of Land Management has mounted four cameras on remote mountain peaks stretching from central to northeast Neva

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]]> Sun, 26 Jul 2015 21:31:33 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs family displaced by overnight fire]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-family-displaced-by-overnight-fire/article/1556128?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-family-displaced-by-overnight-fire/article/1556128?custom_click=rss

A family scrambled to escape after a fire broke out in their Colorado Springs home early Thursday morning.

By the time firefighters arrived at the scene on the 800 block of E. Fountain Blvd., flames were engulfing the front of the house.

"Heavy fire showing from several windows in the house and smoke out of the others," a Colorado Springs Fire Department spokesperson told KKTV when asked what firefighters saw when they got to the house.

Three adults and a child were able to get out without serious injuries. One of the occupants reported a minor injury, but is expected to be fine.

Firefighters staged "an aggressive attack," the CSFD spokesperson said. They had the flames knocked down by 4:30 a.m., just minutes



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Thu, 23 Jul 2015 07:04:37 -0600
<![CDATA[Wildfire film to debut in Colorado Springs this week]]> http://gazette.com/wildfire-film-to-debut-in-colorado-springs-this-week/article/1556016?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wildfire-film-to-debut-in-colorado-springs-this-week/article/1556016?custom_click=rss

"Unacceptable Risk," a film about fighting wildfires in Colorado, will debut in Colorado Springs on Wednesday night . The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with a climate change expert and longtime Colorado Springs firefighter Jim Schanel .

The 12-minute film examines Colorado's devastating wildfire seasons in 2012 and 2013 and their possible connection to climate change. Scott Denning , a national climate change expert at Colorado State University, will attend and discuss the how longer wildfire seasons and more severe fires point to the influence of climate change.

The free film screening will be at the Millibo Art Theatre , at S. 1626 Tejon Street at 7 p.m.



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Tue, 21 Jul 2015 17:46:12 -0600
<![CDATA[Denver to hold funeral procession for fallen firefighter]]> http://gazette.com/denver-to-hold-funeral-procession-for-fallen-firefighter/article/1555990?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/denver-to-hold-funeral-procession-for-fallen-firefighter/article/1555990?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Scores are expected in Denver Tuesday for the funeral procession for a firefighter who died after falling through a skylight while battling a blaze in June.

The procession is for 46-year-old John Whelan, who died Wednesday night after shortness of breath sent him to the hospital and he went into cardiac arrest. The 15-year department veteran died of complications from his injuries in the fall.

The Denver Post reports (http://dpo.st/1MEuQot ) that the procession will begin in Arvada before heading through Denver's city center and on to Mount Olivet Cemetery in Golden.

Whelan fell about 20 feet as he checked to make sure a dumpster fire hadn't spread to a nearby building on June 28.



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Tue, 21 Jul 2015 06:11:50 -0600
<![CDATA[Several more days to contain small Colorado wildfire]]> http://gazette.com/several-more-days-to-contain-small-colorado-wildfire/article/1555887?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/several-more-days-to-contain-small-colorado-wildfire/article/1555887?custom_click=rss GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Firefighters say it will take several more days to contain a small wildfire south of Glenwood Springs.

Glenwood Springs Fire Chief Gary Tillotson says the fire is limited to about 8 acres.

The fire may have been sparked by lightning on Friday in juniper and pinion pine on rugged Bureau of Land Management terrain.

No structures were threatened.

Several other small wildfires were reported in western Colorado. Authorities are monitoring small wildfires in the Rio Grande National Forest near Capulin, the White River National Forest northwest of Eagle, a wildfire near Meeker and another one near Elk Springs.



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Sun, 19 Jul 2015 09:58:27 -0600
<![CDATA[Photos: California wildfire jumps highway, burns cars]]> http://gazette.com/photos-california-wildfire-jumps-highway-burns-cars/article/1555842?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/photos-california-wildfire-jumps-highway-burns-cars/article/1555842?custom_click=rss

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LOS ANGELES — Rain is calming a fast-moving wildfire that sent people running for their lives when flames swept across a California freeway and destroyed 20 cars.

The storm on Saturday storm brought relief to crews fighting the fire burning in a mountainous area 55 miles northeast of Los Angeles.

The fire swept across Interstate 15 on Friday, destroying the vehicles before burning three homes and 44 more vehicles in the community of Baldy Mesa. It has blackened 5.5 square miles.

Firefighters are focusing on protecting some 700 homes in the area. About 2,800 people were evacuated.



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Sat, 18 Jul 2015 12:59:56 -0600
<![CDATA[Federal disaster declaration issued for spring flooding in Colorado counties]]> http://gazette.com/federal-disaster-declaration-issued-for-spring-flooding-in-colorado-counties/article/1555739?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/federal-disaster-declaration-issued-for-spring-flooding-in-colorado-counties/article/1555739?custom_click=rss

President Barack Obama issued a disaster declaration Thursday for 11 Colorado counties that were heavily damaged by more than a month of unprecedented rain this spring.

The declaration ensures that millions of dollars will reach the counties - including El Paso - but the funds are still several steps away from hitting county coffers, said Randy Welch, a spokesman for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which distributes the money. An initial damage assessment by FEMA determined if counties were eligible for the declaration, but another assessment must be done to identify how much each project will need, Welch said.

"We go out in joint teams again and look at the damage," he said on Thursday.



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Thu, 16 Jul 2015 15:59:03 -0600
<![CDATA[Denver firefighter dies of injuries he expected to survive]]> http://gazette.com/denver-firefighter-dies-of-injuries-he-expected-to-survive/article/1555707?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/denver-firefighter-dies-of-injuries-he-expected-to-survive/article/1555707?custom_click=rss

DENVER — A Denver firefighter who fell through a skylight while battling a blaze nearly three weeks ago has died of injuries that he was expected to survive.

The Denver Fire Department says 46-year-old John Whelan died Wednesday night after shortness of breath sent him to the hospital and he went into cardiac arrest.

The city's medical examiner confirmed Thursday that the 15-year department veteran died of complications from his injuries in the fall, which included internal injuries as well as a broken arm and ribs.

Whelan fell about 20 feet as he checked to make sure a dumpster fire hadn't spread to a nearby building on June 28. He was expected to survive and had been sent home from the hospital before his



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Thu, 16 Jul 2015 14:30:50 -0600
<![CDATA[Overnight fire in Colorado Springs being investigated]]> http://gazette.com/overnight-fire-in-colorado-springs-being-investigated/article/1555708?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/overnight-fire-in-colorado-springs-being-investigated/article/1555708?custom_click=rss A small fire early Thursday morning that was quickly extinguished at the Forestry Operations Center in Colorado Springs is still being investigated hours later, police said.

Few details have been released after a fire started at the property around 2 a.m., as both the Colorado Springs police and fire departments responded to the scene.

Police say the fire happened in a trailer on the property, according to a report by Gazette news partner KKTV.

KKTV said police and firefighters were searching the area after the fire was put out.

"We're still in the middle of the investigation and it's inappropriate to make any additional statement," said Sgt. John Ingram of Colorado Springs police.



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Thu, 16 Jul 2015 08:04:03 -0600