<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - fire]]> http://gazette.com/rss/fire Tue, 27 Jun 2017 06:23:31 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Human-caused wildfire reported near Rampart Range Road]]> http://gazette.com/human-caused-wildfire-reported-near-rampart-range-road/article/1605954?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/human-caused-wildfire-reported-near-rampart-range-road/article/1605954?custom_click=rss

A human-caused fire was burning less than an acre Monday west of Rampart Range Road near Mount Deception, the U.S. Forest Service reported.

The fire did not threaten structures and was 80 percent contained as of Monday evening. It was first reported about noon.

Crews were improving firelines and mopping up hot spots, a Forest Service update said.

Wind gusts of up to 23 mph were reported in the area as the blaze burned mixed conifer and grass.

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Tue, 27 Jun 2017 06:14:39 -0600
<![CDATA[45-acre fire near Kenosha Pass in Park County 10 percent contained]]> http://gazette.com/45-acre-fire-near-kenosha-pass-in-park-county-10-percent-contained/article/1605860?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/45-acre-fire-near-kenosha-pass-in-park-county-10-percent-contained/article/1605860?custom_click=rss

A wildfire near Kenosha Pass in Park County has burned 45 acres, prompting the evacuation of campers.

It is being fought by several agencies, nearly a dozen air tankers and two helicopters, according to the Pike and San Isabel National Forest fire service.

The blaze - dubbed the 392 Fire - was reported nearly 10 miles northeast of Como. It was caused by humans but officials did not release details.

The fire, which is 10 percent contained, has threatened one ranch structure, officials said.

Officials have evacuated campers from County Road 39 and Forest Service Road 129.

For more information, visit psiccfireinfo.blogspot.com/2017/06/392-fire.html?spref=tw.

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Sat, 24 Jun 2017 19:59:55 -0600
<![CDATA[London fire: Cladding in other buildings 'combustible']]> http://gazette.com/london-fire-cladding-in-other-buildings-combustible/article/1605685?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/london-fire-cladding-in-other-buildings-combustible/article/1605685?custom_click=rss

LONDON — Some 600 buildings in England could have been fitted with flammable external panels like the ones believed to have contributed to a fire that killed at least 79 people in a west London apartment building, Prime Minister Theresa May's Downing Street office said.

Government facilities testing cladding have so far found three tower blocks to have combustible panels. The testing came after local authorities submitted samples following the June 14 fire at Grenfell Tower in north Kensington.

Police and fire officials are trying to determine whether the aluminum composite panels contributed to the rapid spread of the blaze, which engulfed the 24-story building in less than an hour.

"A number of these tests

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Thu, 22 Jun 2017 06:28:51 -0600
<![CDATA[UK: Banned building materials suspected in London fire]]> http://gazette.com/uk-banned-building-materials-suspected-in-london-fire/article/1605416?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/uk-banned-building-materials-suspected-in-london-fire/article/1605416?custom_click=rss

LONDON — The new exterior cladding used in a renovation on London's Grenfell Tower may have been banned under U.K. building regulations, two British ministers said Sunday as police continued their investigation into the inferno that killed at least 58 people.

Trade Minister Greg Hands said the government is carrying out an "urgent inspection" of the roughly 2,500 similar tower blocks across Britain to assess their safety.

Experts believe the exterior cladding, which contained insulation, helped spread the flames quickly up the outside of the public housing tower early Wednesday morning. Some said they had never seen a building fire advance so quickly. The 24-story tower that once housed up to 600 people in 120

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Sun, 18 Jun 2017 12:29:28 -0600
<![CDATA[1 hurt in fire at Colorado Springs storage unit]]> http://gazette.com/1-hurt-in-fire-at-colorado-springs-storage-unit/article/1605387?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/1-hurt-in-fire-at-colorado-springs-storage-unit/article/1605387?custom_click=rss

One person was hurt after a fire at a Colorado Springs storage unit on Saturday afternoon, the Fire Department reported.

A renter received burns to their hands after the fire was reported at Public Storage at 5240 Edison Ave. near Platte Avenue on the city's east side, the Fire Department said. The renter was taken to a hospital and transported to the burn treatment center in Denver. The fire department reported he was stable.

Firefighters quickly put out the fire, which was reported just after 2:30 p.m.

The Fire Department said firefighters are assisting fire investigators.

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]]> Sat, 17 Jun 2017 20:27:09 -0600 <![CDATA[Police: 58 missing, presumed dead in London fire]]> http://gazette.com/police-58-missing-presumed-dead-in-london-fire/article/1605350?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/police-58-missing-presumed-dead-in-london-fire/article/1605350?custom_click=rss

LONDON — The Latest on the London high-rise fire (all times local):

3:40 p.m.

London police say 58 people who were in Grenfell Tower are still missing and assumed to be dead.

Police Commander Stuart Cundy said Saturday that this number, which was based on reports from the public, may rise. He says it will take weeks or longer to recover and identify all the dead in the public housing block that was devastated by a fire early Wednesday.

He said there may have been people in the tower that police are not aware of, which would add to the death toll.

He says the search for remains had been paused because of safety concerns but has resumed. Emergency workers have reached the top of the 24-story tower.

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Sat, 17 Jun 2017 19:08:59 -0600
<![CDATA[London fire may have destroyed DNA needed to ID victims]]> http://gazette.com/london-fire-may-have-destroyed-dna-needed-to-id-victims/article/1605297?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/london-fire-may-have-destroyed-dna-needed-to-id-victims/article/1605297?custom_click=rss

LONDON — The devastating fire that struck a high-rise tower in London may have been so powerful that it destroyed much of the DNA evidence needed to identify its victims.

As firefighters keep searching the charred ruins of the Grenfell Tower public housing complex with sniffer dogs and drones, Metropolitan Police commander Stuart Cundy said there was "a risk that, sadly, we may not be able to identify everybody."

Experts said the intensity of Wednesday's fire at the 24-story building will make naming victims extremely difficult, drawing comparisons to the 2001 World Trade Centre terror attacks in New York, where 40 percent of the victims were never identified.

"When you have a fire that takes hold like that,

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Fri, 16 Jun 2017 07:59:35 -0600
<![CDATA[North Milsap Fire burning in Fremont County]]> http://gazette.com/north-milsap-fire-burning-in-fremont-county/article/1605294?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/north-milsap-fire-burning-in-fremont-county/article/1605294?custom_click=rss

A fire burning off of Shelf Road in Fremont County has been named the North Milsap Fire.

The fire is burning on an area belonging to the Bureau of Land Management and is being monitored. Smoke is visible to the North from Cañon City.

Officials are asking the public to not call 911 to report the smoke or ask for details.

As of 9 p.m. Thursday night the fire had burned about 10 acres.

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Fri, 16 Jun 2017 07:20:35 -0600
<![CDATA[Smoke visible for miles from large trash fire burning in Commerce City]]> http://gazette.com/smoke-visible-for-miles-from-large-trash-fire-burning-in-commerce-city/article/1605264?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/smoke-visible-for-miles-from-large-trash-fire-burning-in-commerce-city/article/1605264?custom_click=rss A large trash fire, streaming a plume of black smoke over the Denver area, is burning in Commerce City at a Waste Management facility.

The fire is burning in the 6000 block of Brighton Boulevard, according to the South Adams County Fire Department.

“This fire is causing a large amount of smoke and drivers are urged to avoid the area,” the fire department said Thursday.

No injuries have been reported, but structures are threatened, the fire department said.

#AirTracker7 over a LARGE fire at the Denver Disposal & Recycling Transfer Station near I-270 & Brighton Blvd. Smoke can be seen for miles. pic.twitter.

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Thu, 15 Jun 2017 17:24:53 -0600
<![CDATA[London fire death toll at 17; 'miracle' if any more survivors]]> http://gazette.com/london-fire-death-toll-at-17-miracle-if-any-more-survivors/article/1605212?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/london-fire-death-toll-at-17-miracle-if-any-more-survivors/article/1605212?custom_click=rss

LONDON — London firefighters traumatized by the devastation they witnessed in a high-rise apartment blaze that killed at least 17 people worked Thursday to make the building safe so they could continue the search for more victims.

Entire families are missing, and the death toll is certain to rise after flames tore through the 120-unit Grenfell Tower in the early hours of Wednesday when most people were asleep. Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton said it would be a "miracle" if anyone else were to be found alive.

It is unsafe for firefighters to go to all parts of the 24-story tower, so the fire department is working with structural engineers to shore up the building so they can complete a "finger-tip search" of the entire

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Thu, 15 Jun 2017 06:45:33 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs fire investigators practice on simulated arson]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-fire-investigators-practice-on-simulated-arson/article/1605181?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-fire-investigators-practice-on-simulated-arson/article/1605181?custom_click=rss

A wisp of smoke quickly explodes into giant flames and pillows of dense black smoke as a structure in Colorado Springs is set afire. The "arsonist" is not who most Colorado residents would expect, though.

On Tuesday morning, the Colorado Springs Fire Department's fire investigators set fire to a burn pod, a 10-foot tall insulated wood box designed to look like an apartment-sized living room, to analyze the different burn characteristics of common household items and building materials. The fire at the department's headquarters, 375 Printer's Parkway, served as training for the investigators, who search for the cause of major fires.

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Wed, 14 Jun 2017 17:52:53 -0600
<![CDATA[Black Forest couple loses home, dog in overnight fire]]> http://gazette.com/black-forest-couple-loses-home-dog-in-overnight-fire/article/1605118?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/black-forest-couple-loses-home-dog-in-overnight-fire/article/1605118?custom_click=rss

An overnight fire in Black Forest burned for hours, killing a couple’s dog and destroying their home, the Tri-Lakes Monument Fire Department reported.

The blaze at 20120 Lockridge Drive was initially reported as a brush fire at 11:43 p.m. Tuesday, according to a news release. Firefighters had it under control by 1:43 a.m., but the house was left heavily damaged and uninhabitable. The couple was able to escape from the house, but the family dog did not.

When firefighters arrived — 14 minutes after the fire was reported — the house’s three-car garage was engulfed in flames and the fire was spreading to living spaces, according to the release.

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Wed, 14 Jun 2017 16:59:03 -0600
<![CDATA[Children tossed from windows to escape London high-rise blaze; many dead or missing and dozens injured]]> http://gazette.com/children-tossed-from-windows-to-escape-london-high-rise-blaze-many-dead-or-missing-and-dozens-injured/article/1605119?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/children-tossed-from-windows-to-escape-london-high-rise-blaze-many-dead-or-missing-and-dozens-injured/article/1605119?custom_click=rss

LONDON — A deadly overnight fire raced through a 24-story apartment tower in London on Wednesday, killing at least six people and injuring 74 others. One desperate woman threw a baby out of a high window and a man on the ground managed to catch the child, a witness said.

Flames from the inferno lit up the night and smoke spewed from the windows of the Grenfell Tower in North Kensington where more than 200 firefighters battled the blaze. A plume of black smoke stretched for miles (kilometers) across the pale sky after dawn, revealing the blackened, flame-licked wreckage of the building.

"This is an unprecedented incident," Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton told reporters. "In my 29 years of being a firefighter I have

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Wed, 14 Jun 2017 11:31:31 -0600
<![CDATA[Winds push northwest Colorado wildfire to over 5K acres]]> http://gazette.com/winds-push-northwest-colorado-wildfire-to-over-5k-acres/article/1605063?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/winds-push-northwest-colorado-wildfire-to-over-5k-acres/article/1605063?custom_click=rss

CRAIG — One of two large wildfires burning in northwestern Colorado has spread to more than 5,000 acres (2,023 hectares).

Wind gusts of over 70 mph (113 kph) on Monday fueled the growth of the Dead Dog Fire 10 miles (16 kilometers) north of Rangely. Bureau of Land Management spokesman David Boyd told the Craig Daily Press that the fire moved more than 4 miles (6 kilometers) because of the winds, which also grounded firefighting aircraft.

The small community of Blue Mountain near Dinosaur was temporarily evacuated.

Fire lines helped keep the 1,000-acre (405-hectare) Hunter Fire near Meeker from spreading despite the strong winds. The fire, which was started by lightning, is 30 percent contained.

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Tue, 13 Jun 2017 21:45:04 -0600
<![CDATA[Smoke could be visible during Colorado Springs Fire Department's live fire training event]]> http://gazette.com/smoke-could-be-visible-during-colorado-springs-fire-departments-live-fire-training-event/article/1605070?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/smoke-could-be-visible-during-colorado-springs-fire-departments-live-fire-training-event/article/1605070?custom_click=rss

Smoke may be visible near the Colorado Springs Fire Department just east of downtown Wednesday during live fire training.

A pod with furniture and appliances will be set on fire starting at 9 a.m. at the department's headquarters on Printers Parkway to allow fire investigators to practice identifying the cause and origin and study the burning characteristics of various products and materials.

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Tue, 13 Jun 2017 13:21:05 -0600