<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - fire]]> http://gazette.com/rss/fire Mon, 24 Oct 2016 03:03:53 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Warm, dry conditions hinder efforts to contain Junkins fire]]> http://gazette.com/warm-dry-conditions-hinder-efforts-to-contain-junkins-fire/article/1588472?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/warm-dry-conditions-hinder-efforts-to-contain-junkins-fire/article/1588472?custom_click=rss

Another day of warm, dry conditions only intensified a wildfire near Westcliffe that has destroyed nine homes and forced hundreds of residents to flee their homes, officials said Sunday.

Officials said the Junkins fire has burned 18,099 acres - nearly 300 acres more in the past day. No additional homes have been damaged since Saturday. Eighteen outbuilding have also been burned.

The fire's containment has not changed since Saturday, remaining at 39 percent.

On Sunday, air tankers and helicopters, including two Black Hawks from the Colorado National Guard, continued to drop water and retardant on hot spots as hundreds of firefighters on the ground focused on keeping the fire from homes in Custer County and spreading

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Sun, 23 Oct 2016 18:13:40 -0600
<![CDATA[Woman hospitalized after house fire near Colorado Springs' Memorial Park]]> http://gazette.com/woman-hospitalized-after-house-fire-near-colorado-springs-memorial-park/article/1588396?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/woman-hospitalized-after-house-fire-near-colorado-springs-memorial-park/article/1588396?custom_click=rss

A woman was hospitalized Saturday after a fire broke out at a house near Memorial Park, according to the Colorado Springs Fire Department.

The fire was reported just before 10:30 a.m. at a single-family home at 618 Manitoba Drive, according to a tweet from the department.

The fire was extinguished by noon. Firefighters treated the woman for smoke inhalation and minor burns before she was taken to the hospital, according to another tweet.

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Sat, 22 Oct 2016 15:35:02 -0600
<![CDATA[Three juveniles cause fire that guts building in northeast Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/three-juveniles-cause-fire-that-guts-building-in-northeast-colorado-springs/article/1588377?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/three-juveniles-cause-fire-that-guts-building-in-northeast-colorado-springs/article/1588377?custom_click=rss

A fire in an abandoned house in northeast Colorado Springs that spread to surrounding trees and brush was human caused, police said Saturday.

Three young people sparked the fire, which was reported at about 3:20 p.m. Friday near East Woodmen and Marksheffel roads, after they entered the house and "began lighting various items on fire," according to a written statement from Colorado Springs Police.

Flames spread rapidly, engulfing the structure and spreading to surrounding terrain up to 50 feet from the building, said Capt. Steve Wilch, a spokesman for Colorado Springs Fire Department.

The structure, owned by Marksheffel-Woodmen Investments, was "gutted" by the fire, Wilch said.

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Sat, 22 Oct 2016 10:47:43 -0600
<![CDATA[Outbuilding fire sparks brush in northeast Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/outbuilding-fire-sparks-brush-in-northeast-colorado-springs/article/1588337?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/outbuilding-fire-sparks-brush-in-northeast-colorado-springs/article/1588337?custom_click=rss

Firefighters responded to a brush fire near East Woodmen and North Marksheffel roads Friday afternoon.

The fire, which started in an outbuilding and spread to the surrounding area, was reported at about 3:18 p.m., said Capt. Steve Wilch, a spokesman for the Colorado Springs Fire Department.

Smoke from the blaze was visible for more than 8 miles away.

Much of the fire was extinguished by 4 p.m. and crews were working searching for hotspots.

Firefighters from Colorado Springs and Falcon were on scene.

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]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:15:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Junkins fire grows about 1,000 acres as resident re-entry continues]]> http://gazette.com/junkins-fire-grows-about-1000-acres-as-resident-re-entry-continues/article/1588327?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/junkins-fire-grows-about-1000-acres-as-resident-re-entry-continues/article/1588327?custom_click=rss

A fire that sparked in Custer County this week grew nearly 1,000 acres between Thursday night and Friday morning.

The Junkins fire, burning about 11 miles east of Westcliffe, remained 33 percent contained Friday despite increasing in size overnight, from 16,832 acres to 17,809 acres.

Re-entry began for residents of the Smith Creek subdivision in Custer County, the Sheriff's Office announced. Other evacuees from two areas of Pueblo and Custer counties were allowed to return home Thursday, although evacuation orders stayed in effect for several areas.

Highway 96 reopened Friday between Wetmore and McKenzie Junction, but Highway 165 from McKenzie Junction south to Ophir Creek Road remained closed.

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Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:21:32 -0600
<![CDATA[Re-entry process begins for residents who evacuated for Junkins fire]]> http://gazette.com/re-entry-process-begins-for-residents-who-evacuated-for-junkins-fire/article/1588223?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/re-entry-process-begins-for-residents-who-evacuated-for-junkins-fire/article/1588223?custom_click=rss

Residents in two areas of Pueblo County and two areas of Custer County were allowed to re-enter their homes Thursday for the first time since being evacuated this week because of the Junkins fire.

But some won't be able to return - six homes were burned, five of which were vacation homes, and 18 outbuildings were destroyed, officials said Thursday afternoon.

The re-entry process began Thursday morning for Beulah residents of the Simonson Trail Subdivision and the area of Northcreek Road stretching from Central Avenue to Red Mountain Youth Camp, the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office announced. Northcreek Road from the camp to County Line Road will remain on evacuation status.

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Thu, 20 Oct 2016 20:18:15 -0600
<![CDATA[Former Black Forest fire investigator's interview stirs emotions amid unresolved probe]]> http://gazette.com/former-black-forest-fire-investigators-interview-stirs-emotions-amid-unresolved-probe/article/1588182?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/former-black-forest-fire-investigators-interview-stirs-emotions-amid-unresolved-probe/article/1588182?custom_click=rss

After the latest theory about the cause of the Black Forest fire went public Tuesday night, one northern El Paso County resident close to the recovery effort was angry about the effects it could have on a community trying to move forward.

"It's time to move on," said Ed Bracken, who lives on Milam Road less than two miles from the fire's ignition point determined by investigators in 2013. "We want to move forward and on with our lives."

Although Bracken is one of the founders of Black Forest Together, an organization focused on recovery and mitigation, he was speaking as a private citizen Wednesday afternoon, less than 24 hours after a local television news report featuring a former El Paso County Sheriff's Office

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Thu, 20 Oct 2016 06:21:01 -0600
<![CDATA[Junkins fire takes another 520 acres as interagency force battles blaze]]> http://gazette.com/junkins-fire-takes-another-520-acres-as-interagency-force-battles-blaze/article/1588148?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/junkins-fire-takes-another-520-acres-as-interagency-force-battles-blaze/article/1588148?custom_click=rss

Further containment is expected Thursday for the Junkins fire 11 miles east of Westcliffe that sparked when a metal building came apart in the wind and hit a power pole, which fell onto a barbed wire fence, officials said.

The wind-driven blaze, which has burned 16,832 acres and is 3 percent contained, started at about 3:40 a.m. Monday in Custer County and spread into Pueblo County, destroying five homes and 13 outbuildings. It was originally reported in Junkins Park near state highways 96 and 165.

A perimeter has been secured on the fire's west side, and tomorrow, firefighters will work to secure its northeast corner, said Incident Commander Beth Lund.

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Wed, 19 Oct 2016 19:38:02 -0600
<![CDATA[Talcott fire now 100 percent contained, officials say]]> http://gazette.com/talcott-fire-now-100-percent-contained-officials-say/article/1588138?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/talcott-fire-now-100-percent-contained-officials-say/article/1588138?custom_click=rss

A 14-acre wildfire near Rampart Reservoir, likely sparked by someone shooting in the area, was 100 percent contained Wednesday evening.

The Talcott fire, which increased from 50 percent containment Tuesday evening, is burning in Pike National Forest west of Woodland Park, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday evening that the U.S. Forest Service would continue to monitor the area for the next 48 hours.

The fire was reported at about 1:15 p.m. Monday off Rampart Range Road near Forest Service Road 953, southwest of the reservoir.

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Wed, 19 Oct 2016 18:17:50 -0600
<![CDATA[Fire destroys RV in Colorado Springs; occupants and pet escape]]> http://gazette.com/fire-destroys-rv-in-colorado-springs-occupants-and-pet-escape/article/1588125?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fire-destroys-rv-in-colorado-springs-occupants-and-pet-escape/article/1588125?custom_click=rss

A family and their pet escaped an RV fire early Wednesday morning in Colorado Springs.

The RV was parked along 3020 W. Pikes Peak Ave. when it caught fire about 4 a.m., according to tweets from the Colorado Springs Fire Department. Two people and a cat escaped, the department said.

One of the occupants was taken to a hospital with minor injuries, the Fire Department said.

Firefighters are investigating the cause.

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Wed, 19 Oct 2016 08:01:04 -0600
<![CDATA[Woodland Park-area fire possibly caused by shooting, officials say]]> http://gazette.com/woodland-park-area-fire-possibly-caused-by-shooting-officials-say/article/1588066?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/woodland-park-area-fire-possibly-caused-by-shooting-officials-say/article/1588066?custom_click=rss

Someone who was shooting in the area likely caused the 14-acre blaze reported Monday near Rampart Reservoir, officials said.

Larry Helmerick, the U.S. Forest Service public information officer assigned to the fire, was unable to say whether there are any suspects.

Crews worked Tuesday on extinguishing hot spots at the site off Rampart Range Road near Forest Service Road 953, southwest of the reservoir. Firefighters have established a partial perimeter around the blaze, which remained 50 percent contained.

"We don't expect any growth right now," Helmerick said Tuesday. "We're doing a lot of mop-up."

Crews from the Forest Service, National Park Service, Woodland Park Police Department and El Paso and Teller county

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Wed, 19 Oct 2016 06:23:29 -0600
<![CDATA[Junkins fire grows to more than 15,000 acres]]> http://gazette.com/junkins-fire-grows-to-more-than-15000-acres/article/1587988?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/junkins-fire-grows-to-more-than-15000-acres/article/1587988?custom_click=rss

Officials do not know what caused a wildfire first reported near Westcliffe early Monday that quickly expanded and entered Pueblo County, burning about 15,751 acres, destroying several structures and prompting hundreds of residents to evacuate.

The so-called Junkins fire is expected to continue growing.

A home and five outbuildings were destroyed. The home was not far from Junkins Park, east of Westcliffe, where the fire started about 3:40 a.m. Monday near the intersection of Colorado 96 and Colorado 165, before spreading to Pueblo County.

About 175 homes in were under mandatory evacuation Monday evening, and 70 homes were under pre-evacuation.

"This fire's moving very fast," Custer County Sheriff Shannon Byerly

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Tue, 18 Oct 2016 06:23:07 -0600
<![CDATA[Fire near Rampart Reservoir 50 percent contained, evacuations lifted]]> http://gazette.com/fire-near-rampart-reservoir-50-percent-contained-evacuations-lifted/article/1588001?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fire-near-rampart-reservoir-50-percent-contained-evacuations-lifted/article/1588001?custom_click=rss

A fire near Rampart Reservoir burned about 14 acres and prompted dozens of evacuations on Monday afternoon, but it was 50 percent contained by Monday evening.

The blaze, known as the Talcott fire, is burning off Rampart Road, near Forest Service Road 953 southwest of the reservoir, county officials said.

Firefighters had established two-thirds of a perimeter around the fire Monday evening, said Oscar Martinez, a district ranger with the U.S. Forest Service. On Tuesday, he said crews will focus on mopping up the fire.

Its cause is still being investigated.

"Fortunately, with all of the resources that we had, with all of the cooperation that we had, it allowed us to keep it at that 14 acres," Martinez said.

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Tue, 18 Oct 2016 05:59:48 -0600
<![CDATA[Grass fire burns for about an hour east of Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/grass-fire-burns-for-about-an-hour-east-of-colorado-springs/article/1587963?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/grass-fire-burns-for-about-an-hour-east-of-colorado-springs/article/1587963?custom_click=rss

A grass fire burned for about an hour Sunday evening in Calhan.

According to the El Paso County Wildland Fire's Twitter account, the firefighters responded to the blaze just after 5 p.m. at Ranchland View and South Calhan Highway east of Colorado Springs.

Gazette news partner KKTV said it took crews about an hour to put out the fire. Details were not available on the size or cause of the fire.

It was taking place during a red flag warning across the state.

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Sun, 16 Oct 2016 21:02:11 -0600
<![CDATA[Fire destroys garage, car in Calhan]]> http://gazette.com/fire-destroys-garage-car-in-calhan/article/1587543?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fire-destroys-garage-car-in-calhan/article/1587543?custom_click=rss

A fire destroyed a garage and car Monday evening, and nearly sparked a grass fire in Calhan.

The fire started in a detached garage, destroying a car, skid loader and numerous tools before firefighters could put it out. An unfavorable wind shift nearly turned the structure fire into a grass fire, officials said.

Twenty-two firefighters from three fire departments responded to the call on Calhan Road.

There's currently no word on a cause.

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Tue, 11 Oct 2016 09:30:59 -0600