<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - fire]]> http://gazette.com/rss/fire Sun, 26 Mar 2017 17:13:38 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Storm brings welcome respite, but more moisture needed to ease fire danger]]> http://gazette.com/storm-brings-welcome-respite-but-more-moisture-needed-to-ease-fire-danger/article/1599644?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/storm-brings-welcome-respite-but-more-moisture-needed-to-ease-fire-danger/article/1599644?custom_click=rss

Friday's storms brought a much-needed dose of moisture to the Pikes Peak region, but it won't do much to lessen the fire danger unless more precipitation follows closely behind, according to local fire and weather experts.

The storm, which brought light rain to some parts of the city and heavy snow to others, dropped temperatures and raised humidity levels, providing temporary relief from the hot, dry conditions the region has seen in February and March, said Peter Goble, a research associate at the Fort Collins-based Colorado Climate Center.

"This is certainly going to help in the short term, but we're really hoping for a few more storms that are rich in moisture to alleviate the fire concerns for the upcoming season," he

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Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:26:04 -0600
<![CDATA[Rain helps crews get wildfire near Pueblo under control]]> http://gazette.com/rain-helps-crews-get-wildfire-near-pueblo-under-control/article/1599595?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rain-helps-crews-get-wildfire-near-pueblo-under-control/article/1599595?custom_click=rss

AVONDALE - A fire that flared up overnight near the town of Avondale is now under control.

The fire started near Highway 96 Thursday and was contained to three acres. It sparked up again after midnight Friday and rapidly spread to 20 acres.

Rainy conditions in the area helped crews get a handle on the fire early Friday morning. They are now focusing on hot spots.

Avondale was placed under a pre-evacuation order as a caution, though the fire never threatened any structures.

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Fri, 24 Mar 2017 06:38:48 -0600
<![CDATA[Crews contain fire at training area on Fort Carson]]> http://gazette.com/crews-contain-fire-at-training-area-on-fort-carson/article/1599582?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/crews-contain-fire-at-training-area-on-fort-carson/article/1599582?custom_click=rss

Training exercises likely sparked a Thursday afternoon fire on Fort Carson, although the cause is under investigation, a spokeswoman said.

The fire began mid-afternoon in a training area on the southeast side of Fort Carson, burning 40 acres by about 2 p.m., said Dani Johnson, Fort Carson spokeswoman. Crews created a 980-acre box around the fire to contain it. No structures were threatened.

"Our concerns because of the weather conditions caused us to create that box and surround the fire," Johnson said.

It is unclear how much the blaze grew within that containment.

El Paso County was under a red flag warning Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., according to the National Weather Service in Pueblo.

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Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:36:38 -0600
<![CDATA[Small brush fire latest in a wave near homeless camps in Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/small-brush-fire-latest-in-a-wave-near-homeless-camps-in-colorado-springs/article/1599473?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/small-brush-fire-latest-in-a-wave-near-homeless-camps-in-colorado-springs/article/1599473?custom_click=rss

A fire at a homeless camp sparked small explosions that grew flames amid near record-breaking heat and a fire weather watch Wednesday afternoon.

The Colorado Springs Fire Department reported the fire about 12 p.m. under the bridge at Cimarron Street and 31st Street near Red Rock Canyon Open Space. It burned a 50 feet by 50 feet area before crews doused flames.

Flames "were not threatening anything," fire Capt. Steve Wilch said.

A burn ban implemented last week in the city and county has not been lifted as hot, dry temperatures have persisted. Temperatures were expected to top out Wednesday at 71 degrees, just two degrees shy of the record set in 2009.

The National Weather Service in Pueblo also

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Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:01:40 -0600
<![CDATA[Fire prompts closure of U.S. 285 in Jefferson County; evacuations ordered]]> http://gazette.com/fire-prompts-closure-of-u.s.-285-in-jefferson-county-evacuations-ordered/article/1599491?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fire-prompts-closure-of-u.s.-285-in-jefferson-county-evacuations-ordered/article/1599491?custom_click=rss

JEFFERSON COUNTY – Evacuations are underway as firefighters respond to another wildfire in Jefferson County Wednesday.

The fire is burning along U.S. 285 near Turkey Creek Road, just a few miles from where a fire broke out in early February. The highway is closed at the intersection with Highway 8.

Deputies said nearby homes and the West Ranch Center were being evacuated. People were being directed to West Jefferson Middle School.

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Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:26:24 -0600
<![CDATA[Fire at apparent transient camp suspected of sparking blaze]]> http://gazette.com/fire-at-apparent-transient-camp-suspected-of-sparking-blaze/article/1599398?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fire-at-apparent-transient-camp-suspected-of-sparking-blaze/article/1599398?custom_click=rss

BOULDER, Colo. — Investigators believe a wildfire that forced about 400 people from their homes near Boulder was sparked by a campfire in an apparent transient camp.

Authorities said early on that they suspected the fire was somehow human-caused and that hikers and campers frequented the area where it erupted on Sunday.

On Tuesday, the day after evacuees were allowed back to their homes and the fire was contained, the Boulder County Sheriff's Office said investigators pinpointed the origin of the fire to a hastily built fire ring on a city-owned open space park just outside city limits. No suspects have been identified.

The fire spread to about 70 acres but no homes were destroyed. It cost about $725,000 to

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Tue, 21 Mar 2017 15:19:18 -0600
<![CDATA[Fire evacuees allowed back near Colorado college town]]> http://gazette.com/fire-evacuees-allowed-back-near-colorado-college-town/article/feed/450946?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fire-evacuees-allowed-back-near-colorado-college-town/article/feed/450946?custom_click=rss

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Hundreds of residents were allowed to return to their homes in the foothills just outside this university city on Monday as firefighters make progress against a wildfire possibly sparked by transient campers in the area.

The fire spread to about 70 acres, but firefighters fully contained it Monday afternoon by building lines to stop it from spreading. Winds were forecast to be a bit lighter than when the fire broke out on Sunday, helping crews mop up hot spots and control flare-ups overnight.

Boulder County Sheriff's Cmdr.

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]]> Mon, 20 Mar 2017 19:35:02 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: Colorado wildfire fully contained]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-colorado-wildfire-fully-contained/article/feed/451000?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-colorado-wildfire-fully-contained/article/feed/451000?custom_click=rss

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — The Latest on wildfire burning near Boulder, Colorado (all times local):

6:20 p.m.

Firefighters have contained a wildfire that forced hundreds of people from their homes in the foothills near Boulder, Colorado.

The Boulder Office of Emergency Management says the 70-acre fire was 100 percent contained Monday afternoon, and firefighters are expected to work overnight mopping up hotspots and flare-ups.

The fire started Sunday in a wooded, mountainous area a couple of miles from Pearl Street, the shopping and dining hub in the heart of the university city. Officials ruled out any lightning strikes or downed power lines and are looking at whether the fire was sparked by transient campers.

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]]> Mon, 20 Mar 2017 19:25:40 -0600 <![CDATA[Cigarette butts caused 3 structure fires in 3 days in Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/cigarette-butts-caused-3-structure-fires-in-3-days-in-colorado-springs/article/1599348?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cigarette-butts-caused-3-structure-fires-in-3-days-in-colorado-springs/article/1599348?custom_click=rss

Improper disposal of cigarettes sparked three structure fires in three days in Colorado Springs, officials said.

The fires occurred across the city, said Steve Wilch, spokesman for the Colorado Springs Fire Department.

- The Vineyards apartment complex, 7320 Bodega Point, about 7 p.m. Friday.

- A home in the 1000 block of 14th Street, about 10:40 p.m. Saturday.

- Tree House Apartments, 1567 S. Chelton Road, about 2 a.m. Monday.

No injuries were reported from any of the fires, and each was extinguished quickly, Wilch said. All were ruled accidental.

People need to be more careful about where they dispose of their cigarettes, he said.

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Mon, 20 Mar 2017 17:02:42 -0600
<![CDATA[Arson suspected in grass fire near Interstate 25 in Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/arson-suspected-in-grass-fire-near-interstate-25-in-colorado-springs/article/1599300?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/arson-suspected-in-grass-fire-near-interstate-25-in-colorado-springs/article/1599300?custom_click=rss

A man who was reportedly setting fire to a grassy area off Interstate 25 Sunday evening remains in jail.

Michael Carruth, 45, was arrested on suspicion of second-degree arson and setting fire to woods/prairies, Colorado Springs police said.

Officers said they drove to Exit 139 off I-25 for a welfare check close to 9 p.m. and saw "flame coming from a male subject holding an unknown item." Grass to the west of southbound I-25 was on fire, police said.

Flames already had burned through an area about 30 feet by 10 feet, but one officer used his fire extinguisher to control the fire's spread until firefighters arrived.

Police later caught up to Carruth and arrested him. Carruth remains in the El Paso County jail on an

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Mon, 20 Mar 2017 16:23:35 -0600
<![CDATA[Fire near Boulder is 50 percent contained, may be human-caused]]> http://gazette.com/fire-near-boulder-is-50-percent-contained-may-be-human-caused/article/1599250?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fire-near-boulder-is-50-percent-contained-may-be-human-caused/article/1599250?custom_click=rss

BOULDER, Colo. — Firefighters made progress Sunday in battling a small wildfire that forced people to flee hundreds of homes in the mountains just outside downtown Boulder, Colorado, and ignited dead trees that exploded into black plumes of smoke, authorities and residents said.

Wind was pushing the flames in the wooded area a couple of miles west of Pearl Street, the shopping and dining hub in the heart of the university city. Crews partially contained the fire that had burned just over 60 acres, but officials worried that stronger gusts expected later in the day could fan the flames.

The Boulder Office of Emergency Management said 426 homes were evacuated before dawn and residents of an additional 836 were warned to get

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Sun, 19 Mar 2017 22:16:22 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs sending fire trucks, firefighters to battle wind-driven blaze west of Boulder]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-sending-fire-trucks-firefighters-to-battle-wind-driven-blaze-west-of-boulder/article/1599276?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-sending-fire-trucks-firefighters-to-battle-wind-driven-blaze-west-of-boulder/article/1599276?custom_click=rss

The Colorado Springs Fire Department is sending two brush trucks and seven firefighters to help battle the wind-driven Sunshine Fire that has burned about 60 acres west of Boulder, spokesman Capt. Steve Wilch said.

The two type-6 brush trucks will form a strike team along with three more trucks from other regional fire departments, Wilch said.

The fire, burning in the Sunshine Canyon area, was 20 percent contained, but was within a mile of downtown and had forced hundreds of residents in its path to evacuate, according to reports.

About 425 homes are under evacuation and another 800-plus homes have been given a pre-evacuation warning, the Boulder Daily Camera reported.

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]]> Sun, 19 Mar 2017 17:21:52 -0600 <![CDATA[Dry conditions prompt burning bans in county, Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/dry-conditions-prompt-burning-bans-in-county-colorado-springs/article/1599121?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dry-conditions-prompt-burning-bans-in-county-colorado-springs/article/1599121?custom_click=rss

Warm weather and drought conditions have prompted burning restrictions in El Paso County and put local firefighters on high alert for even small blazes.

Authorities have been taking extra fire precaution in recent weeks following a stretch of high-fire danger days. Temperatures have pushed record highs with little humidity and gusty winds, which dries out grasses and creates fuels for even the tiniest spark. Friday morning, for example, firefighters put out a small fire at a homeless camp near downtown Colorado Springs. It was one of several small fires in recent weeks, said Capt. Steve Wilch of the Colorado Springs Fire Department.

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]]> Fri, 17 Mar 2017 14:44:59 -0600 <![CDATA[Grass fire in El Paso County contained, burns about 3 acres]]> http://gazette.com/grass-fire-in-el-paso-county-contained-burns-about-3-acres/article/1599005?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/grass-fire-in-el-paso-county-contained-burns-about-3-acres/article/1599005?custom_click=rss

A grass fire off of Mesa Ridge Parkway and South powers Boulevard burned about 3 acres before it was contained Wednesday afternoon, said Jacqueline Kirby, spokeswoman for the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.

The Security Fire Department responded to the fire in the 8100 block of Barn Swallow Grove, she said.

Smoke was reported at the Glen in Widefield just after 2 p.m., according to Gazette news partner KKTV. The fire started burning close to several houses, KKTV reported.

No further information was available Wednesday afternoon.

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Wed, 15 Mar 2017 19:00:29 -0600
<![CDATA[Crews battling house fire near Ellicott]]> http://gazette.com/crews-battling-house-fire-near-ellicott/article/1598871?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/crews-battling-house-fire-near-ellicott/article/1598871?custom_click=rss

Fire crews are battling a house fire west of Ellicott on Hemmingway Road.

Red Cross of Southeast Colorado tweeted just before 7 a.m. Tuesday that volunteers were heading to the home to assist two adults and two children living there.

Check back to The Gazette for updates.

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Tue, 14 Mar 2017 08:18:55 -0600
<![CDATA[Highway 115 fire district raising money for a water tender]]> http://gazette.com/highway-115-fire-district-raising-money-for-a-water-tender/article/1598812?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/highway-115-fire-district-raising-money-for-a-water-tender/article/1598812?custom_click=rss

Two things are needed to battle fires: water and people. Southwest Highway 115 Fire Protection District needs both, according to Chief Hart Wright.

Most pressing is water.

Less than 20 percent of the coverage area, which serves 625 addresses along the west side of Highway 115 from Cheyenne Mountain Park down to the Fremont County line, is serviced by hydrants, Wright said. That means the fire district has to shuttle in water to fight fires. The district hopes to replace its old, unreliable water tender with a newer model made in 1990 that can hold 2,000 gallons - 500 more gallons than the current tender. It will cost about $25,000.

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Mon, 13 Mar 2017 19:10:16 -0600
<![CDATA[Brush fire squelched in eastern Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/brush-fire-squelched-in-eastern-colorado-springs/article/1598848?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/brush-fire-squelched-in-eastern-colorado-springs/article/1598848?custom_click=rss

A small brush fire near Bradley and South Marksheffel roads was contained within an hour, said Capt. Steve Wilch, spokesman for the Colorado Springs Fire Department.

The blaze was reported shortly before 5 p.m. Monday, and resources from Colorado Springs Utilities, the Security Fire Department and the Falcon Fire Protection District were called to assist, Wilch said.

The fire's size is unknown.

Traffic is blocked at Bradley and Drennan roads on South Marksheffel Road, according to a Fire Department Tweet. The fire won't be mopped up until at least 8 p.m.

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Mon, 13 Mar 2017 18:41:04 -0600