<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - fire]]> http://gazette.com/rss/fire Sun, 24 May 2015 11:19:21 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Colorado to spend $1.2 million for wildfire prediction system]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-to-spend-1.2-million-for-wildfire-prediction-system/article/1552242?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-to-spend-1.2-million-for-wildfire-prediction-system/article/1552242?custom_click=rss

DENVER - Colorado will spend $1.2 million over the next two years on a "revolutionary" fire prediction system that uses atmospheric weather data to predict the behavior of wildfires up to 18 hours in advance.

Gov. John Hickenlooper signed House Bill 1129 on Wednesday afternoon at a fire station in Arvada, implementing one of several bills lawmakers drafted in response to wildfires in El Paso County and elsewhere.

"This bill will predict the intensity and the direction of fires 12 to 18 hours ahead of time. That is really important so we know where to direct our planes, the aircraft we had a bill for last year, and our firefighters," said Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp, D-Arvada, who introduced the bill. "This is really



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DENVER - Colorado will spend $1.2 million over the next two years on a "revolutionary" fire prediction system that uses atmospheric weather data to predict the behavior of wildfires up to 18 hours in advance.

Gov. John Hickenlooper signed House Bill 1129 on Wednesday afternoon at a fire station in Arvada, implementing one of several bills lawmakers drafted in response to wildfires in El Paso County and elsewhere.

"This bill will predict the intensity and the direction of fires 12 to 18 hours ahead of time. That is really important so we know where to direct our planes, the aircraft we had a bill for last year, and our firefighters," said Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp, D-Arvada, who introduced the bill. "This is really

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Thu, 21 May 2015 04:05:05 -0600
<![CDATA[Condemned Colorado Springs home catches fire]]> http://gazette.com/condemned-colorado-springs-home-catches-fire/article/1552271?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/condemned-colorado-springs-home-catches-fire/article/1552271?custom_click=rss

A fire in a vacant, condemned Colorado Springs home Wednesday afternoon may have been caused by homeless people taking shelter in it, the Colorado Springs Fire Department said.

The second floor of the house, at 1832 Mt. Washington Ave., caught fire and was reported around 1:25 p.m., CSFD spokesman Capt. Steve Oswald said.

The house was in bad condition before the fire and was not safe to be occupied, he said. The blaze was extinguished in about 10 minutes.

The cause of the fire was not determined Wednesday afternoon, but Oswald said people were seen leaving the house. No utilities were connected.



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A fire in a vacant, condemned Colorado Springs home Wednesday afternoon may have been caused by homeless people taking shelter in it, the Colorado Springs Fire Department said.

The second floor of the house, at 1832 Mt. Washington Ave., caught fire and was reported around 1:25 p.m., CSFD spokesman Capt. Steve Oswald said.

The house was in bad condition before the fire and was not safe to be occupied, he said. The blaze was extinguished in about 10 minutes.

The cause of the fire was not determined Wednesday afternoon, but Oswald said people were seen leaving the house. No utilities were connected.

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Wed, 20 May 2015 19:20:31 -0600
<![CDATA[Bledsoe: Worry more about floods than fires]]> http://gazette.com/bledsoe-worry-more-about-floods-than-fires/article/1552197?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bledsoe-worry-more-about-floods-than-fires/article/1552197?custom_click=rss

Southern Colorado rarely receives what is deemed "normal" or "average" weather and rarely plays by the rules when it comes to the season. This is especially true when it comes to precipitation, as it is usually feast or famine.

It looks like we had a great winter in terms of snowfall. Colorado Springs picked up 46.5 inches for the season. That is about 10 inches above average and the most snow we've seen since winter 2000-01. However, most of that snow was confined to an active period of weather in January and February. December was pretty dry, and so were March and early April. In fact, March and early April sparked some concern over the upcoming wildfire season.



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Southern Colorado rarely receives what is deemed "normal" or "average" weather and rarely plays by the rules when it comes to the season. This is especially true when it comes to precipitation, as it is usually feast or famine.

It looks like we had a great winter in terms of snowfall. Colorado Springs picked up 46.5 inches for the season. That is about 10 inches above average and the most snow we've seen since winter 2000-01. However, most of that snow was confined to an active period of weather in January and February. December was pretty dry, and so were March and early April. In fact, March and early April sparked some concern over the upcoming wildfire season.

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Wed, 20 May 2015 04:10:43 -0600
<![CDATA[One dog, three cats die in Colorado Springs house fire]]> http://gazette.com/one-dog-three-cats-die-in-colorado-springs-house-fire/article/1552154?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/one-dog-three-cats-die-in-colorado-springs-house-fire/article/1552154?custom_click=rss

A dog and three cats died Tuesday afternoon when a fire tore through a northeast Colorado Springs house.

Colorado Springs firefighters pulled up around noon to find flames shooting out of a back wall of the house at 2925 Haystack Drive, said Capt. Steve Oswald, a Colorado Springs Fire Department spokesman. They brought the blaze under control within 20 minutes despite the house being very cluttered, he said.

"They had to really work through a lot of personal belongings to get inside this home to make fire attack," Oswald said.

The Cimarron Hills Fire Department also responded because the house is along the El Paso County line. No firefighters were injured, and the homeowner, Diana Wilson, 68, was away from home.

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Colorado Springs firefighters pulled up around noon to find flames shooting out of a back wall of the house at 2925 Haystack Drive, said Capt. Steve Oswald, a Colorado Springs Fire Department spokesman. They brought the blaze under control within 20 minutes despite the house being very cluttered, he said.

"They had to really work through a lot of personal belongings to get inside this home to make fire attack," Oswald said.

The Cimarron Hills Fire Department also responded because the house is along the El Paso County line. No firefighters were injured, and the homeowner, Diana Wilson, 68, was away from home.]]> Wed, 20 May 2015 04:10:38 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado deploys planes to spot, douse wildfires faster]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-deploys-planes-to-spot-douse-wildfires-faster/article/1551943?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-deploys-planes-to-spot-douse-wildfires-faster/article/1551943?custom_click=rss

The Colorado Springs Fire Department was among the first agencies in Colorado to use new Multi-Mission thermal sensing aircraft - a learning experience that will make working with the tech-savvy planes easier in the event of a wildfire.

The two Pilatus PC-12s, known as Multi-Mission Aircraft, purchased in August for the Colorado Firefighting Air Corps have thermal-sensing technology, which can pick up heat signatures on landscapes night and day. This will be the first year that the aircraft will fly during Colorado's peak wildfire season, but the planes have been used to track small fires, lightning strikes and several search and rescue requests, according to the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control.

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The two Pilatus PC-12s, known as Multi-Mission Aircraft, purchased in August for the Colorado Firefighting Air Corps have thermal-sensing technology, which can pick up heat signatures on landscapes night and day. This will be the first year that the aircraft will fly during Colorado's peak wildfire season, but the planes have been used to track small fires, lightning strikes and several search and rescue requests, according to the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control.]]> Sat, 16 May 2015 04:15:12 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs fire will keep investigators busy]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-fire-will-keep-investigators-busy/article/1551949?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-fire-will-keep-investigators-busy/article/1551949?custom_click=rss

The Colorado Springs Fire Department planned to spend hours on Friday night investigating the cause of an attic fire in a commercial building at 1235 Lake Plaza Drive in southwest Colorado Springs.

Crews arrived on scene just before 8 p.m. to fight a fire in the building's attic, where flames were burning throughout the attic insulation, said Capt. Steve Oswald, a fire department spokesman. Crews had the fire under control in approximately 20 minutes.

The building houses several medical businesses, but no one was inside at the time, Oswald said. An hour later firefighters were just beginning to investigate the cause of the fire, although before investigators could get into the building, crews had to make sure it was safe.



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The Colorado Springs Fire Department planned to spend hours on Friday night investigating the cause of an attic fire in a commercial building at 1235 Lake Plaza Drive in southwest Colorado Springs.

Crews arrived on scene just before 8 p.m. to fight a fire in the building's attic, where flames were burning throughout the attic insulation, said Capt. Steve Oswald, a fire department spokesman. Crews had the fire under control in approximately 20 minutes.

The building houses several medical businesses, but no one was inside at the time, Oswald said. An hour later firefighters were just beginning to investigate the cause of the fire, although before investigators could get into the building, crews had to make sure it was safe.

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Fri, 15 May 2015 21:35:49 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado fire managers to release outlook for wildfire season]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-fire-managers-to-release-outlook-for-wildfire-season/article/1551910?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-fire-managers-to-release-outlook-for-wildfire-season/article/1551910?custom_click=rss ENGLEWOOD — State and federal fire managers are preparing to release their forecast for the 2015 wildfire season in Colorado.

A briefing is scheduled Friday morning. It comes after days of rain in parts of the state that could help reduce or delay wildfires.

A preliminary outlook released by the National Interagency Coordination Center says Colorado's wildfire potential will be normal or below normal through August. The center coordinates firefighting efforts nationwide.

Colorado escaped serious wildfire problems last year. A total of about 3,700 fires burned about 36 square miles.

Comparisons with previous years weren't immediately available, but the totals were below average.

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ENGLEWOOD — State and federal fire managers are preparing to release their forecast for the 2015 wildfire season in Colorado.

A briefing is scheduled Friday morning. It comes after days of rain in parts of the state that could help reduce or delay wildfires.

A preliminary outlook released by the National Interagency Coordination Center says Colorado's wildfire potential will be normal or below normal through August. The center coordinates firefighting efforts nationwide.

Colorado escaped serious wildfire problems last year. A total of about 3,700 fires burned about 36 square miles.

Comparisons with previous years weren't immediately available, but the totals were below average.

Gov.

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Fri, 15 May 2015 07:10:14 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs volunteers find way to connect with trails in wake of wildfires]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-volunteers-find-way-to-connect-with-trails-in-wake-of-wildfires/article/1551712?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-volunteers-find-way-to-connect-with-trails-in-wake-of-wildfires/article/1551712?custom_click=rss

olorado Springs native Hilary Bryant never knew the Waldo Canyon trail before a devastating wildfire burned it in 2012. But she's no stranger to wildfire.

Bryant remembers the Hayman fire in 2002, which rained ash on her childhood home in Briargate. Like many Colorado Springs residents, she remembers the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest fires, too.

Many have looked with longing and curiosity at the now abandoned Waldo trail, but Bryant belongs to a select group of people who have gotten to know the trail in its new form - flooded, overgrown and burned. Since the U.S. Forest Service closed the trail in 2012 following the fire, the Rocky Mountain Field Institute (RMFI) has deployed volunteer groups into the burn scar to help



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olorado Springs native Hilary Bryant never knew the Waldo Canyon trail before a devastating wildfire burned it in 2012. But she's no stranger to wildfire.

Bryant remembers the Hayman fire in 2002, which rained ash on her childhood home in Briargate. Like many Colorado Springs residents, she remembers the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest fires, too.

Many have looked with longing and curiosity at the now abandoned Waldo trail, but Bryant belongs to a select group of people who have gotten to know the trail in its new form - flooded, overgrown and burned. Since the U.S. Forest Service closed the trail in 2012 following the fire, the Rocky Mountain Field Institute (RMFI) has deployed volunteer groups into the burn scar to help

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Thu, 14 May 2015 11:45:17 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado senators hear of fire-prevention obstacles at fire summit]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-senators-hear-of-fire-prevention-obstacles-at-fire-summit/article/1551285?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-senators-hear-of-fire-prevention-obstacles-at-fire-summit/article/1551285?custom_click=rss

A tangle of congressional squabbles, federal bureaucracy and outside interests often stand in the way of healthier forests, a group of state and county leaders told U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner during a wildfire summit in Colorado Springs on Saturday.

The 30-person group of wildfire experts, land managers and county commissioners voiced concerns over fire mitigation and flood prevention projects, which often require federal backing and encounter obstacles in Washington.

Both senators pledged to help remove some of those obstacles this year, following recommendations presented in a report on Saturday.



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A tangle of congressional squabbles, federal bureaucracy and outside interests often stand in the way of healthier forests, a group of state and county leaders told U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner during a wildfire summit in Colorado Springs on Saturday.

The 30-person group of wildfire experts, land managers and county commissioners voiced concerns over fire mitigation and flood prevention projects, which often require federal backing and encounter obstacles in Washington.

Both senators pledged to help remove some of those obstacles this year, following recommendations presented in a report on Saturday.

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Sun, 10 May 2015 08:07:24 -0600