<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - fire]]> http://gazette.com/rss/fire Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:35:09 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[House fire in southeast Colorado Springs ruled accidental]]> http://gazette.com/house-fire-in-southeast-colorado-springs-ruled-accidental/article/1617050?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/house-fire-in-southeast-colorado-springs-ruled-accidental/article/1617050?custom_click=rss

Fire investigators have determined that a house fire early Monday in southeast Colorado Springs was accidental.

An electrical current sparked, igniting the garage at 1410 Yosemite Drive about 6 a.m., said Capt. Brian Vaughan.

Homeowner Eugene Darengowski saw the TV on fire, said his daughter, Dawn Halsey. He tried but failed to extinguish it, sustaining burns in the process, and was taken to a local hospital.

Two people had escaped from the house before crews arrived. Two others, who were trapped in the basement, were pulled out by firefighters through a window.

The blaze was under control by 6:17 a.m. Damage to the house was significant, Vaughan said.

The house had one smoke alarm that was not functioning,

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Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:05:35 -0700
<![CDATA[2 saved from burning home in Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/2-saved-from-burning-home-in-colorado-springs/article/1616974?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/2-saved-from-burning-home-in-colorado-springs/article/1616974?custom_click=rss

Firefighters with the Colorado Springs Fire Department rescued two people from a burning home in southeast Colorado Springs Monday morning.

Firefighters responded to a structural fire at 1410 Yosemite Drive at just before 6 a.m. this morning. The main body of the flame was in the garage where CSFD spokesman Brian Vaughan said the blaze probably originated.

There were four people in the home, two were already outside the home when firefighters arrived. The other two were helped out of basement windows by the fire department.

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Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:02:06 -0700
<![CDATA[Flare-up from fire at Fort Carson training range put out Sunday]]> http://gazette.com/flare-up-from-fire-at-fort-carson-training-range-put-out-sunday/article/1616940?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/flare-up-from-fire-at-fort-carson-training-range-put-out-sunday/article/1616940?custom_click=rss

A flare-up from a fire that started Saturday at Fort Carson was put out Sunday afternoon, officials said.

No injuries or structure damage were reported.

A rocket launched during a training exercise at Fort Carson sparked a grass fire Saturday in a training range. The size of the fire was unknown, but a Fort Carson spokesperson said it was "probably small."

A hot spot likely prompted the flare-up Sunday, a post spokesman said. It was extinguished by early Sunday afternoon, he added.

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Mon, 11 Dec 2017 06:42:36 -0700
<![CDATA[Now another man claims he was the person saving a bunny in a viral California wildfire video]]> http://gazette.com/now-another-man-claims-he-was-the-person-saving-a-bunny-in-a-viral-california-wildfire-video/article/1616933?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/now-another-man-claims-he-was-the-person-saving-a-bunny-in-a-viral-california-wildfire-video/article/1616933?custom_click=rss

In a moment that warmed the Internet’s cold, cold heart last week, a Los Angeles television station claimed it had un-hoodied the man who ventured into the middle of a California wildfire to rescue a frantic rabbit — a save captured in a dramatic video that got all the feels as it rocketed around the Internet.

It was good while it lasted.

The story has taken a not-so-heartwarming turn: Another man in another red hoodie has come forward saying he’s the one who carried out the rabbit rescue — and he has the singed bunny to prove it.

So what was once a case of a human risking his life for the sake of a small, furry creature has become a case of — well, maybe just fraud.

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Sun, 10 Dec 2017 12:49:11 -0700
<![CDATA[New evacuations as huge Southern California fire flares up]]> http://gazette.com/new-evacuations-as-huge-southern-california-fire-flares-up/article/1616935?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-evacuations-as-huge-southern-california-fire-flares-up/article/1616935?custom_click=rss

LOS ANGELES — A flare-up on the western edge of Southern California's largest and most destructive wildfire sent residents fleeing Sunday, as wind-fanned flames churned through canyons and down hillsides toward coastal towns.

Crews with help from water-dropping aircraft saved several homes as unpredictable gusts sent the blaze churning deeper into foothill areas northwest of Los Angeles that haven't burned in decades. New evacuations were ordered in Carpinteria, a seaside city in Santa Barbara County that has been under fire threat for days.

"The winds are kind of squirrely right now," said county fire spokesman Mike Eliason. "Some places the smoke is going straight up in the air, and others it's blowing sideways. Depends

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Sun, 10 Dec 2017 11:32:43 -0700
<![CDATA[Rocket sparks fire at Fort Carson training range]]> http://gazette.com/rocket-sparks-fire-at-fort-carson-training-range/article/1616905?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rocket-sparks-fire-at-fort-carson-training-range/article/1616905?custom_click=rss

A rocket launched during a training exercise at Fort Carson sparked a grass fire in the training range.

The rocket was part of a wildfire training exercise, said Staff Sgt. Nicholas Stewart.

The size of the fire is unknown, but Stewart said it "is probably small" based on fire crew reports.

No one has been injured and no structures are threatened.

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Sat, 09 Dec 2017 22:25:19 -0700
<![CDATA[Property owner cited for starting fire between Yoder and Rush]]> http://gazette.com/property-owner-cited-for-starting-fire-between-yoder-and-rush/article/1616906?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/property-owner-cited-for-starting-fire-between-yoder-and-rush/article/1616906?custom_click=rss

Fire crews are responding to a grass fire on Colorado 94 between Yoder and Rush.

The fire is threatening structures, said Ellicot Fire Department dispatch. 

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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Sat, 09 Dec 2017 18:21:24 -0700
<![CDATA[Firefighters forced to step aside as winds powered infernos ]]> http://gazette.com/firefighters-forced-to-step-aside-as-winds-powered-infernos/article/1616879?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/firefighters-forced-to-step-aside-as-winds-powered-infernos/article/1616879?custom_click=rss

FALLBROOK, Calif. — Firefighters in Southern California were on high alert for dangerous fire potential even before the first blazes broke out.

But once flames met ferocious winds, fire crews were mostly powerless to stop infernos that destroyed more than 500 buildings, killed dozens of horses and forced hundreds of thousands of people to run from six out-of-control fires that have burned over 260 square miles (673 square kilometers) since Monday.

"The crews were trying to stay out ahead of this as quickly as they could," said Capt. Kendal Bortisser of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention. "As we know, when a tornado hits the Midwest, there's no stopping it. When a hurricane hits the East Coast,

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Sat, 09 Dec 2017 16:14:16 -0700
<![CDATA[North Colorado Springs house fire ruled accidental]]> http://gazette.com/north-colorado-springs-house-fire-ruled-accidental/article/1616849?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/north-colorado-springs-house-fire-ruled-accidental/article/1616849?custom_click=rss

A Wednesday house fire near Dublin and North Academy boulevards in north Colorado Springs was accidental, the Fire Department announced Friday.

When firefighters arrived at the house at 6305 Wicklow Circle East, 30-foot flames could be seen and heavy smoke and fire were coming out of a bay window, a news release says. The fire had leapt to a large tree in the front yard, initially forcing firefighters to attack it from the outside of the house.

The blaze was reported about 6:15 p.m.

The house did not have a smoke alarm, but its occupant was able to escape safely.

"Smoke alarms that are properly installed and maintained play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries," the release says.

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Sat, 09 Dec 2017 12:59:55 -0700
<![CDATA[State agencies flying in to help with large brush fire in Baca County]]> http://gazette.com/state-agencies-flying-in-to-help-with-large-brush-fire-in-baca-county/article/1616833?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/state-agencies-flying-in-to-help-with-large-brush-fire-in-baca-county/article/1616833?custom_click=rss

BACA COUNTY, Colo. - A Multi-Mission Aircraft has been sent to help provide support to a large brush fire in northwest Baca County Friday.

According to Colorado Fire Prevention and Control, the fire was spotted at about 11:30 in the morning. A number of agencies are providing help as crews responding are dealing with high winds and challenges with the terrain. The fire is burning in the vicinity of County Road 5. Winds were gusting between 40 to 60 mph in the afternoon with gusts reaching 60 mph. The fire is burning in an area with canyons, so access is another hurdle on top of the windy conditions crews are dealing with.

According to Prowers County Emergency Management, the fire is about 1,000 acres in size with no

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Fri, 08 Dec 2017 14:44:29 -0700
<![CDATA[25 race horses killed by Southern California wildfire]]> http://gazette.com/25-race-horses-killed-by-southern-california-wildfire/article/1616825?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/25-race-horses-killed-by-southern-california-wildfire/article/1616825?custom_click=rss

SAN DIEGO — Approximately 25 race horses were killed when a wildfire engulfed about eight barns at a training center in northeast San Diego County, the California Horse Racing Board said. Other horses that were in surrounding pastures remained unaccounted for.

Nearly 500 horses were stabled at the San Luis Rey Downs training center in Bonsall when the fire erupted amid strong Santa Ana winds Thursday, and workers risked their lives to free horses from stalls and herd them into safer areas, a board statement said.

Horses worth hundreds of thousands of dollars who are usually carefully walked from place to place were simply set free and encouraged to run away as flames engulfed the center, which is just a few miles from

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Fri, 08 Dec 2017 12:06:32 -0700
<![CDATA[Fast-moving wildfire engulfs semi-rural San Diego area]]> http://gazette.com/fast-moving-wildfire-engulfs-semi-rural-san-diego-area/article/1616824?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fast-moving-wildfire-engulfs-semi-rural-san-diego-area/article/1616824?custom_click=rss

FALLBROOK, Calif. — Retirement communities built on golf courses, thoroughbreds in race horse stables and other usually serene sites were engulfed by flames as the San Diego area became the latest front in California's wildfire fight.

The fire broke out Thursday amid dry, hot, windy conditions across the region that would be extreme for any season, but are especially stunning just two weeks from winter.

It exceeded 6 square miles (16 square kilometers) in a matter of hours and burned dozens of houses as it tore through the tightly packed Rancho Monserate Country Club community in the small city of Fallbrook, known for its avocado orchards and horse ranches.

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Fri, 08 Dec 2017 12:03:06 -0700
<![CDATA[Wildfires ravage Southern California. Here's how their size compares with Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/wildfires-ravage-southern-california.-heres-how-their-size-compares-with-colorado-springs/article/1616740?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wildfires-ravage-southern-california.-heres-how-their-size-compares-with-colorado-springs/article/1616740?custom_click=rss
Flames from destructive Southern California wildfires continued to churn toward coastal and mountain communities northwest of Los Angeles on Thursday, disrupting travel on a major highway and triggering more evacuations.
As of Thursday afternoon the three big fires, Thomas fire, Rye fire, Creek fire, added up to over 115,600 acres. That's almost as big as Colorado Springs (124,736 acres), and just shy of being bigger than the 2002 Hayman fire which grew to 137,760 acres. The last two big Colorado Springs fires, 2012 Waldo Canyon fire and 2013 Black Forest fire, burned a total of 32,527 acres.
Below are the three Southern California fires, as of Thursday afternoon, compared to the city of Colorado Springs.

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Fri, 08 Dec 2017 09:25:31 -0700
<![CDATA[Crews put out Black Forest barn fire]]> http://gazette.com/crews-put-out-black-forest-barn-fire/article/1616770?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/crews-put-out-black-forest-barn-fire/article/1616770?custom_click=rss

Firefighters were battling a blaze at a Black Forest barn Thursday evening.

Donald Wescott Fire Protection District was leading the efforts to extinguish the fire, which was reported about 4:15 p.m. on Stagecoach Road.

No injuries were reported.

Crews were working to keep the flames from spreading to the nearby brush, Gazette news partner KKTV reported.

Multiple agencies, including the Falcon and Larkspur fire protection districts, provided support, KKTV reported. 

Related:Wildfires ravage Southern California.

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Fri, 08 Dec 2017 06:52:18 -0700
<![CDATA[Wildfire destroys mobile homes in California retirement park ]]> http://gazette.com/wildfire-destroys-mobile-homes-in-california-retirement-park/article/1616716?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wildfire-destroys-mobile-homes-in-california-retirement-park/article/1616716?custom_click=rss

SAN DIEGO — A brush fire driven by gusty winds that have plagued Southern California all week exploded rapidly Thursday north of San Diego, destroying dozens of trailer homes in a retirement community and killing race horses at an elite training facility.

The fire expanded to 4 square miles (10 square kilometers) in a matter of hours and tore through the tightly packed Rancho Monserate Country Club community in the small city of Fallbrook, known for its avocado orchards and horse ranches. At least two people were hospitalized with burns.

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Thu, 07 Dec 2017 20:22:25 -0700