<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - fire]]> http://gazette.com/rss/fire Thu, 26 Apr 2018 19:17:24 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[117 fire caused $1.3M in property losses; number of homes burned down to 18]]> http://gazette.com/117-fire-caused-1.3m-in-property-losses-number-of-homes-burned-down-to-18/article/1624984?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/117-fire-caused-1.3m-in-property-losses-number-of-homes-burned-down-to-18/article/1624984?custom_click=rss

The 117 fire in southern El Paso County last week caused $1.3 million in losses in the Hanover area, burning 18 residences and 21 more barns, sheds and other buildings, El Paso County Assessor Steve Schleiker said Wednesday.

The Sheriff's Office had said 24 homes had been destroyed in the fire, including an occupied yurt, but that was reduced after an appraisal of the damage determined that some of the structures thought to be homes were outbuildings, instead. The fire burned more than 42,000 acres - the county's largest - but caused no deaths or serious injuries.

"This was a lot like Black Forest," Schleiker said, referring to the 14,280-acre blaze that burned nearly 500 homes in 2013.

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Wed, 25 Apr 2018 19:23:26 -0600
<![CDATA[Investigators ID victim and apparent cause of fatal Calhan fire]]> http://gazette.com/investigators-id-victim-and-apparent-cause-of-fatal-calhan-fire/article/1624964?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/investigators-id-victim-and-apparent-cause-of-fatal-calhan-fire/article/1624964?custom_click=rss

A 63-year-old man whose body was found in his burned home in Calhan last week is believed to have died in an accidental fire caused by careless smoking, according to the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.

Alan Dibble was the owner of 23825 Blue Roan Circle, where a house fire was reported April 13, county records show. He was identified as the deceased by the county coroner's office.

Dibble was a known smoker and cigarettes and matches were found throughout his home, said John Padgett, commander of emergency services with the sheriff's office. The fire appears to have originated on a couch where Dibble often smoked and where his body was found, Padgett said.

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Wed, 25 Apr 2018 12:58:36 -0600
<![CDATA[El Paso County fire mitigation efforts get $500,000 boost from El Pomar, Anschutz foundations]]> http://gazette.com/el-paso-county-fire-mitigation-efforts-get-500000-boost-from-el-pomar-anschutz-foundations/article/1624956?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/el-paso-county-fire-mitigation-efforts-get-500000-boost-from-el-pomar-anschutz-foundations/article/1624956?custom_click=rss

El Paso County fire officials preparing for a potentially extreme fire season received an extra $500,000 for mitigation efforts this week from two Colorado foundations.

El Pomar Foundation and Anschutz Foundation each pledged $250,000, which will be given to the Colorado Springs Fire Department and El Paso County Sheriff's Office. The two county agencies expect to begin work on priority areas as early as June.

"With these grants we have the opportunity to tie many efforts together to create substantive fuel breaks," said Colorado Springs Fire Department Chief Ted Collas. "We are very excited, and we want to make sure our citizens are aware of how El Pomar and the Anschutz Foundation are working with us to keep the community

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Wed, 25 Apr 2018 11:18:24 -0600
<![CDATA[Likely cause of 117 fire that scoured southern El Paso County released]]> http://gazette.com/likely-cause-of-117-fire-that-scoured-southern-el-paso-county-released/article/1624927?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/likely-cause-of-117-fire-that-scoured-southern-el-paso-county-released/article/1624927?custom_click=rss

A car dragging its muffler down Interstate 25 evidently sparked last week's 117 fire, which prompted evacuations and rescues and burned nearly 43,000 acres, two dozen homes and untold numbers of livestock, Sheriff Bill Elder told Gazette news partner KKTV on Tuesday.

A few people reported seeing the car before the fire scoured southern El Paso County, Elder told the news station.

"They simply maybe didn't know that that muffler had dropped to the point that it created a hazardous condition," he told KKTV.

Earlier, the sheriff told county commissioners that the number of homes burned had increased from 23 to 24 after he learned about a yurt that had been occupied and was incincerated in the blaze.

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Wed, 25 Apr 2018 07:43:51 -0600
<![CDATA[VIDEO: Home in Cañon City engulfed in flames]]> http://gazette.com/video-home-in-caon-city-engulfed-in-flames/article/1624890?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/video-home-in-caon-city-engulfed-in-flames/article/1624890?custom_click=rss

A house in Cañon City is engulfed in flames, the Cañon City Area Fire Protection District said.

The fire in the 1700 block of Willow Street in Lincoln Park was reported about 8:50 a.m. Firefighters say the blaze inside "became untenable" and transitioned to fighting it from the outside.

No injuries have been reported.

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Tue, 24 Apr 2018 11:39:59 -0600
<![CDATA[Fire damage to Colorado Springs Airport estimated at $5 million]]> http://gazette.com/fire-damage-to-colorado-springs-airport-estimated-at-5-million/article/1624845?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fire-damage-to-colorado-springs-airport-estimated-at-5-million/article/1624845?custom_click=rss

Fire damage to the Colorado Springs Airport will cost about $5 million to repair, while the cause of the blaze remains under investigation, officials said Monday.

The Colorado Springs City Council is considering an emergency appropriation so the airport can start repairs now before insurance claims are finalized. The council will vote on that appropriation Tuesday.

The three-alarm fire sparked late April 16 tore through the airport's roof, ceiling and office spaces. Nearby propane tanks - on site for roof repairs - fueled the flames further. Flights were halted but resumed early Wednesday.

The airport, an enterprise of the city, has money on hand to make the repairs, but it needs permission to spend it, Aviation

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Tue, 24 Apr 2018 06:17:42 -0600
<![CDATA[El Paso County fire restrictions downgraded to Stage I]]> http://gazette.com/el-paso-county-fire-restrictions-downgraded-to-stage-i/article/1624841?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/el-paso-county-fire-restrictions-downgraded-to-stage-i/article/1624841?custom_click=rss

After nearly a week of upgraded fire restrictions in the wake of the Mile Marker 117 fire in southern El Paso County, the county has ratcheted back down to Stage I fire restrictions, officials announced Monday.

The current rules prohibit open burning, except for campfires within "permanently constructed fire grates in developed campgrounds and picnic grounds" or "charcoal grills and wood burning stoves at private residences in areas cleared of all flammable materials," the Sheriff's Office said in a news release. Outdoor smoking is banned "except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.

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Mon, 23 Apr 2018 16:17:20 -0600
<![CDATA[El Paso County's week of fire: 'Very happy no loss of life']]> http://gazette.com/el-paso-countys-week-of-fire-very-happy-no-loss-of-life/article/1624757?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/el-paso-countys-week-of-fire-very-happy-no-loss-of-life/article/1624757?custom_click=rss

Tim Emick peered out the window of his eastern Colorado Springs office on Tuesday at thick waves of blowing dust to the south.

"My God," he recalled thinking, "If there's a fire that starts today, people's homes are going to be lost."

His words proved disastrously prophetic.

Within an hour, a spark from something off Interstate 25 ignited a blaze that rolled across southern El Paso County with devastating speed, consuming 23 houses, 42,795 acres of prairie and an untold number of outbuildings.

It signaled the climax of El Paso County's worst week of fire in five years, and fire experts say it's a bad omen for the drought-fueled season ahead.

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Sun, 22 Apr 2018 11:23:25 -0600
<![CDATA[117 fire that burned 23 homes in southern El Paso County was human-caused]]> http://gazette.com/117-fire-that-burned-23-homes-in-southern-el-paso-county-was-human-caused/article/1624754?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/117-fire-that-burned-23-homes-in-southern-el-paso-county-was-human-caused/article/1624754?custom_click=rss

Although the actual cause of last week's more than 42,000-acre grass fire in southern El Paso County hasn't been determined, authorities said Saturday that it was started by a person.

That merely rules out lightning as the cause, and does not indicate that investigators have determined whether it was deliberate or accidental.

County officials have said they believe the fire started Tuesday in the vicinity of mile marker 117 on Interstate 25,and Sheriff Bill Elder said at a news conference Wednesday that the blaze that burned for about two days before being contained and destroyed 23 homes could have been started by a discarded cigarette or a spark thrown off by a passing vehicle.

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Sat, 21 Apr 2018 19:46:45 -0600
<![CDATA[Divine Redeemer students aid church receptionist whose home burned in 117 fire]]> http://gazette.com/divine-redeemer-students-aid-church-receptionist-whose-home-burned-in-117-fire/article/1624708?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/divine-redeemer-students-aid-church-receptionist-whose-home-burned-in-117-fire/article/1624708?custom_click=rss

When a tragedy happens, everybody wants to help. Even kids.

The 203 students at Divine Redeemer Catholic School were called on to pray for the church receptionist, whose home burned Tuesday in the mile marker 117 fire southeast of Colorado Springs. They wanted to do more.

"It meant a lot to them to be able to help out someone in our community and others," said Tricia Faber, athletic director and volunteer coordinator at the school.

The idea of collecting water and snacks for victims, firefighters and first responders came up.

"We sent out an email at 3 p.m. Wednesday, and by 8 a.m. Thursday we had enough to fill two pickup loads and a trailer full," of emergency supplies, Faber said.

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Sat, 21 Apr 2018 07:34:45 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs TV station's flying drone temporarily disrupted air drops on 117 fire]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-tv-stations-flying-drone-temporarily-disrupted-air-drops-on-117-fire/article/1624709?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-tv-stations-flying-drone-temporarily-disrupted-air-drops-on-117-fire/article/1624709?custom_click=rss

Air drops attacking the 117 fire in southern El Paso County were halted midday Thursday after a media outlet flew a drone within the restricted airspace above the fire, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office said.

The Sheriff's Office said in a release at 8:30 a.m. Thursday that temporary flight restrictions were in place for a 10-mile radius around Hanover. About 12:30 p.m., a drone, which was later identified as one owned by KRDO, was observed flying int he restricted area.

Thursday evening, KRDO posted a statement on its website saying the drone was owned by the station. The statement said the pilot the station contracted is certified by the Federal Aviation Administration, but did not know that the temporary flight

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Sat, 21 Apr 2018 07:30:01 -0600
<![CDATA[Financial aid sparse for El Paso County residents who lost homes in fire]]> http://gazette.com/financial-aid-sparse-for-el-paso-county-residents-who-lost-homes-in-fire/article/1624722?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/financial-aid-sparse-for-el-paso-county-residents-who-lost-homes-in-fire/article/1624722?custom_click=rss

Tim Huffman's temporary new home rolled down his driveway in Hanover on Thursday evening and parked near the heap of ashen rubble that just a few days ago was his house.

The Glendale Titanium fifth-wheel recreational vehicle, purchased from a friend, will serve as his living quarters until he determines how he can rebuild his home, which was destroyed this week in the 117 fire that burned more than 42,000 acres in southern El Paso County.

Huffman said he used to have insurance, but canceled it years ago because he felt the cost outweighed the benefits. He would have been paying about $1,200 in premiums annually for a payout of only about $25,000, he said.

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Fri, 20 Apr 2018 21:29:52 -0600
<![CDATA[Animal rescuer caught in 117 fire: "You name it, I tried to get it out"]]> http://gazette.com/animal-rescuer-caught-in-117-fire-you-name-it-i-tried-to-get-it-out/article/1624661?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/animal-rescuer-caught-in-117-fire-you-name-it-i-tried-to-get-it-out/article/1624661?custom_click=rss

Animal Rescuer Eryn Maggard estimates she herded 50 of her animals into her 2000 Nissan Frontier in a span of just minutes on Tuesday when she saw the flames of the 117 fire coming toward her home on De Groot Road.

With her two children, several rabbits, chickens, nine cats, eight kittens, a Great Dane, a litter of puppies, and a few more dogs in the SUV, she drove north, busting through two barbed-wire fences to get to safety.

"You name it, I tried to get it out," said Maggard, who, with her husband Mark, owns GingerSnap Ranch.

Despite her efforts, she returned home with her family around midnight that day to find the blaze had taken 16 of her goats, a pot-bellied pig named Bella and a litter of five piglets.

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Fri, 20 Apr 2018 20:41:28 -0600
<![CDATA[Rain and snow douse hot spots after 117 fire in south El Paso County declared fully contained]]> http://gazette.com/rain-and-snow-douse-hot-spots-after-117-fire-in-south-el-paso-county-declared-fully-contained/article/1624712?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rain-and-snow-douse-hot-spots-after-117-fire-in-south-el-paso-county-declared-fully-contained/article/1624712?custom_click=rss

The latest on the 117 fire that started Tuesday along Interstate 25 in southern El Paso County:

- Rain and snow Friday brought much needed moisture to the drought-stricken region, dousing hot spots after fire officials declared the 117 fire fully contained Thursday night.

- The size of the fire was increased from 41,000 acres to 42,795 acres.

- All evacuation orders were lifted Thursday night, and the state plans to relinquish command to local and county authorities at 6 a.m. Saturday.

- Residents were advised that they may see swirling tornadoes of ash and occasional smoke from the interior of the fire over the coming days.

- Resources will be available to fire victims Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. at Hanover

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Fri, 20 Apr 2018 20:17:25 -0600
<![CDATA[117 fire in southern El Paso County 100 percent contained; rain, snow in forecast]]> http://gazette.com/117-fire-in-southern-el-paso-county-100-percent-contained-rain-snow-in-forecast/article/1624660?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/117-fire-in-southern-el-paso-county-100-percent-contained-rain-snow-in-forecast/article/1624660?custom_click=rss

Aided again by calmer winds Thursday, hundreds of firefighters battling the 117 fire in southern El Paso County completely contained the blaze, allowing all evacuation orders to be lifted.

The Sheriff's Office said about 9:30 p.m. Thursday that containment was 100 percent, up from 25 percent Wednesday evening and 60 percent Thursday morning, while otherwise offering few other updates on the effort to extinguish the fire that started Tuesday southeast of Colorado Springs.

At a 9 a.m. news conference, Jim Schanel, a Sheriff's Office fire management officer, said the 41,000-acre blaze had destroyed 23 homes, 17 of which were occupied, the same numbers announced Wednesday evening. Officials didn't hold a second briefing Thursday.

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Fri, 20 Apr 2018 17:57:16 -0600