<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - fire]]> http://gazette.com/rss/fire Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:41:51 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Firefighters scope out houses to save during evacuation drill in Colorado Springs]]> By STEPHEN HOBBS stephen.hobbs@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/firefighters-scope-out-houses-to-save-during-evacuation-drill-in-colorado-springs/article/1550359?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/firefighters-scope-out-houses-to-save-during-evacuation-drill-in-colorado-springs/article/1550359?custom_click=rss

Larkspur Fire Marshal Randy Johnson drove through a residential neighborhood in Colorado Springs looking for houses he could save.

He had identified a safe location where his 13-peron fire crew could assemble, listened for updates on the status of the fire and surveyed roofing and vegetation that would incinerate in "a heartbeat."

In the event of what he called a "right here, right now" blaze, his crew would have about 10 seconds to decide whether it could save a home before moving on.

"The wildland-urban interface is a really sketchy environment," he said.



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Larkspur Fire Marshal Randy Johnson drove through a residential neighborhood in Colorado Springs looking for houses he could save.

He had identified a safe location where his 13-peron fire crew could assemble, listened for updates on the status of the fire and surveyed roofing and vegetation that would incinerate in "a heartbeat."

In the event of what he called a "right here, right now" blaze, his crew would have about 10 seconds to decide whether it could save a home before moving on.

"The wildland-urban interface is a really sketchy environment," he said.

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Sun, 26 Apr 2015 10:33:04 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado forest service gives 5,000 trees to Black Forest homeowners]]> BY RYAN MAYE HANDY ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-forest-service-gives-5000-trees-to-black-forest-homeowners/article/1550242?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-forest-service-gives-5000-trees-to-black-forest-homeowners/article/1550242?custom_click=rss The Colorado State Forest Service and the Arbor Day Foundation have donated 10,000 trees to residents of Black Forest in El Paso County and the Big Thompson Canyon in Larimer County.

Five thousand trees will go to each community. In Black Forest, the trees will be given to homeowners who applied for them through Black Forest Together, the local recovery nonprofit. Big Thompson Canyon residents can get trees through the Big Thompson Canyon Association.

This is the second year of the Colorado Community Tree Recovery program. Last year's campaign distributed more than 9,000 trees to residents affected by the High Park fire, also in Larimer County.

Big Thompson Canyon residents picked up their trees on April 23.



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The Colorado State Forest Service and the Arbor Day Foundation have donated 10,000 trees to residents of Black Forest in El Paso County and the Big Thompson Canyon in Larimer County.

Five thousand trees will go to each community. In Black Forest, the trees will be given to homeowners who applied for them through Black Forest Together, the local recovery nonprofit. Big Thompson Canyon residents can get trees through the Big Thompson Canyon Association.

This is the second year of the Colorado Community Tree Recovery program. Last year's campaign distributed more than 9,000 trees to residents affected by the High Park fire, also in Larimer County.

Big Thompson Canyon residents picked up their trees on April 23.

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Thu, 23 Apr 2015 22:38:10 -0600
<![CDATA[Residents asked to stay inside because of Pueblo fire]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/residents-asked-to-stay-inside-because-of-pueblo-fire/article/1549959?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/residents-asked-to-stay-inside-because-of-pueblo-fire/article/1549959?custom_click=rss

A fire broke out in Pueblo early Sunday morning almost causing some residents to vacate their homes.

The Pueblo County Sheriff's office and Rural Fire responded to a fire on the property of American Iron and Metal on the 1800 block of La Crosse Ave.

Highway 50C is  closed from Santa Fe Dr. to San Mateo St. People traveling are asked to use Lime Rd. or Baxter Rd. as an alternative route.

Firefighters were able to contain the fire quickly but smoke will continue to settle throughout the day.

Officials say nearby residents were going to be evacuated to a shelter due to the heavy smoke but are now asked to stay in their homes.

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A fire broke out in Pueblo early Sunday morning almost causing some residents to vacate their homes.

The Pueblo County Sheriff's office and Rural Fire responded to a fire on the property of American Iron and Metal on the 1800 block of La Crosse Ave.

Highway 50C is  closed from Santa Fe Dr. to San Mateo St. People traveling are asked to use Lime Rd. or Baxter Rd. as an alternative route.

Firefighters were able to contain the fire quickly but smoke will continue to settle throughout the day.

Officials say nearby residents were going to be evacuated to a shelter due to the heavy smoke but are now asked to stay in their homes.

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Sun, 19 Apr 2015 18:11:50 -0600
<![CDATA[Crews battle blaze at oil, gas wastewater site in Greeley]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/crews-battle-blaze-at-oil-gas-wastewater-site-in-greeley/article/1549871?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/crews-battle-blaze-at-oil-gas-wastewater-site-in-greeley/article/1549871?custom_click=rss

Greeley firefighters were on the scene of a fire at the site of a wastewater injection well just northeast of the Greeley-Weld County Airport.

It wasn’t immediately clear how the fire began, however, firefighters had the fire contained and were working with officials from NGL Water Services, the company that owns the site, to determine the best strategy to put the blaze out and protect other oil and gas tank batteries nearby, Greeley Fire Department spokesman Dale Lyman said.

Authorities did evacuate about four homes near the blaze, and firefighters had the fire under control, Lyman said.

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Greeley firefighters were on the scene of a fire at the site of a wastewater injection well just northeast of the Greeley-Weld County Airport.

It wasn’t immediately clear how the fire began, however, firefighters had the fire contained and were working with officials from NGL Water Services, the company that owns the site, to determine the best strategy to put the blaze out and protect other oil and gas tank batteries nearby, Greeley Fire Department spokesman Dale Lyman said.

Authorities did evacuate about four homes near the blaze, and firefighters had the fire under control, Lyman said.

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Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:34:26 -0600
<![CDATA[Lightning strike blamed for Colorado Springs structure fire]]> By STEPHEN HOBBS stephen.hobbs@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/lightning-strike-blamed-for-colorado-springs-structure-fire/article/1549860?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lightning-strike-blamed-for-colorado-springs-structure-fire/article/1549860?custom_click=rss

Colorado Springs firefighters contained a structure fire Friday morning that they believe was caused by a lightning strike.

The fire, at 3250 Cedar Heights Drive, was reported around 9 a.m. It is northwest of downtown Colorado Springs. The fire was contained before 9:20 a.m.



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Colorado Springs firefighters contained a structure fire Friday morning that they believe was caused by a lightning strike.

The fire, at 3250 Cedar Heights Drive, was reported around 9 a.m. It is northwest of downtown Colorado Springs. The fire was contained before 9:20 a.m.

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Fri, 17 Apr 2015 10:36:00 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs apartment fire forces evacuation, damages two units]]> By chhun sun chhun.sun@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-apartment-fire-forces-evacuation-damages-two-units/article/1549859?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-apartment-fire-forces-evacuation-damages-two-units/article/1549859?custom_click=rss

An apartment fire at a southwest Colorado Springs apartment complex forced families to evacuate and damaged two units deemed uninhabitable.

Firefighters responded to a call about 3:21 a.m. Friday to the Cheyenne Crest Apartments on the 4100 block of Westmeadow Drive, according to Colorado Springs police. The fire spread to a porch and chimney in the complex before firefighters could contain it, Gazette news partner KKTV said.

The Colorado Springs Fire Department controlled the fire around 5 a.m., KKTV said.

The fire is under investigation, but police said arson is not suspected.



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An apartment fire at a southwest Colorado Springs apartment complex forced families to evacuate and damaged two units deemed uninhabitable.

Firefighters responded to a call about 3:21 a.m. Friday to the Cheyenne Crest Apartments on the 4100 block of Westmeadow Drive, according to Colorado Springs police. The fire spread to a porch and chimney in the complex before firefighters could contain it, Gazette news partner KKTV said.

The Colorado Springs Fire Department controlled the fire around 5 a.m., KKTV said.

The fire is under investigation, but police said arson is not suspected.

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Fri, 17 Apr 2015 08:54:21 -0600
<![CDATA[Child helps save family during Colorado Springs house fire]]> By chhun sun chhun.sun@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/child-helps-save-family-during-colorado-springs-house-fire/article/1549786?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/child-helps-save-family-during-colorado-springs-house-fire/article/1549786?custom_click=rss

An alert child is credited with saving two families from a fire that ignited early Thursday morning, according to Gazette news partner KKTV.

The fire began around 1:30 a.m., when occupants of a house in the 1800 block of Pejn Avenue were sleeping, KKTV reported. The child woke up smelling smoke and notified her parents, who led eight people and several pets to safety.

"It appears that the two smoke alarms may not have been functioning," said Lt. Carrick Patterson of the Colorado Springs Fire Department. "At least, nobody heard them sound."

The fire is believed to have started in a basement closet of the house. The cause is under investigation.

The displaced families were helped by the Red Cross and taken to a

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The fire began around 1:30 a.m., when occupants of a house in the 1800 block of Pejn Avenue were sleeping, KKTV reported. The child woke up smelling smoke and notified her parents, who led eight people and several pets to safety.

"It appears that the two smoke alarms may not have been functioning," said Lt. Carrick Patterson of the Colorado Springs Fire Department. "At least, nobody heard them sound."

The fire is believed to have started in a basement closet of the house. The cause is under investigation.

The displaced families were helped by the Red Cross and taken to a]]> Thu, 16 Apr 2015 12:44:39 -0600 <![CDATA[Fire prediction technology bill moves through Colorado House]]> BY MEGAN SCHRADER AND RYAN MAYE HANDY The Gazette - http://gazette.com/fire-prediction-technology-bill-moves-through-colorado-house/article/1549763?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fire-prediction-technology-bill-moves-through-colorado-house/article/1549763?custom_click=rss DENVER - The National Center for Atmospheric Research has fire behavior prediction software that could save lives during a wildfire.

When NCAR runs the program using the exact conditions of the Yarnell Hill fire that killed 19 Arizona firefighters in 2013, it predicts the unexpected winds that pushed the fire into what was considered a safe position for the firefighters.

"This technology can help predict the intensity and the direction of a fire 12 to 18 hours ahead of time," Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp, D-Arvada, said. "They have modeling of that fire in Yarnell, where the winds changed direction at the last minute and caught those firefighters.

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When NCAR runs the program using the exact conditions of the Yarnell Hill fire that killed 19 Arizona firefighters in 2013, it predicts the unexpected winds that pushed the fire into what was considered a safe position for the firefighters.

"This technology can help predict the intensity and the direction of a fire 12 to 18 hours ahead of time," Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp, D-Arvada, said. "They have modeling of that fire in Yarnell, where the winds changed direction at the last minute and caught those firefighters.]]> Thu, 16 Apr 2015 04:10:15 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs watershed will finally get restoration plan]]> The Gazette - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-watershed-will-finally-get-restoration-plan/article/1549766?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-watershed-will-finally-get-restoration-plan/article/1549766?custom_click=rss A $300,000 state grant will help create a flood restoration plan for the Monument Creek watershed, it was announced Wednesday.

The 2012 Waldo Canyon fire killed two people and destroyed 346 homes in Colorado Springs. It also denuded hillsides, setting the stage for floods in 2013 that hit an area with inadequate stormwater systems. The 2013 Black Forest fire, the worst in Colorado history, compounded the flooding problems.

Since then, every watershed within the Fountain Creek Watershed has had a flood restoration plan started or completed except Monument Creek. It is the only watershed in 927 square miles without a flood restoration plan.

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The 2012 Waldo Canyon fire killed two people and destroyed 346 homes in Colorado Springs. It also denuded hillsides, setting the stage for floods in 2013 that hit an area with inadequate stormwater systems. The 2013 Black Forest fire, the worst in Colorado history, compounded the flooding problems.

Since then, every watershed within the Fountain Creek Watershed has had a flood restoration plan started or completed except Monument Creek. It is the only watershed in 927 square miles without a flood restoration plan.]]> Thu, 16 Apr 2015 04:10:14 -0600 <![CDATA[Man dead after house fire in Castle Rock]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/man-dead-after-house-fire-in-castle-rock/article/1549727?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-dead-after-house-fire-in-castle-rock/article/1549727?custom_click=rss CASTLE ROCK — Firefighters say one man is dead after a house fire in Castle Rock.

The fire was reported just after 4:30 a.m. Wednesday by neighbors. Firefighters found a man inside the home but were unable to resuscitate him. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Firefighters say the fire badly damaged the inside of the home but it didn't spread to any neighboring houses.

The cause is under investigation.



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CASTLE ROCK — Firefighters say one man is dead after a house fire in Castle Rock.

The fire was reported just after 4:30 a.m. Wednesday by neighbors. Firefighters found a man inside the home but were unable to resuscitate him. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Firefighters say the fire badly damaged the inside of the home but it didn't spread to any neighboring houses.

The cause is under investigation.

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Wed, 15 Apr 2015 09:14:42 -0600
<![CDATA[Pikes Peak region tree planting an effort to fast forward nature]]> BY RYAN MAYE HANDY ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/pikes-peak-region-tree-planting-an-effort-to-fast-forward-nature/article/1549699?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pikes-peak-region-tree-planting-an-effort-to-fast-forward-nature/article/1549699?custom_click=rss

It takes a swift-moving worker 15 seconds to plant a year-old ponderosa pine in the Pike National Forest, but it will take a delicate balance of sunlight and moisture over nearly a century for that tree to mature.

The U.S. Forest Service has steadily replanted ponderosas for years in the fire-ravaged forests west of Colorado Springs, an often dry region with rocky soil that makes replanting after a fire difficult.

The Forest Service is trying to fast-forward time in three major burn scars across five counties where ponderosas would normally take decades to regrow. On their own, ponderosas would slowly spread across a forest, 50 feet every 75 years, but with catastrophic flash flooding along U.S. 24, the Forest Service doesn't

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The U.S. Forest Service has steadily replanted ponderosas for years in the fire-ravaged forests west of Colorado Springs, an often dry region with rocky soil that makes replanting after a fire difficult.

The Forest Service is trying to fast-forward time in three major burn scars across five counties where ponderosas would normally take decades to regrow. On their own, ponderosas would slowly spread across a forest, 50 feet every 75 years, but with catastrophic flash flooding along U.S. 24, the Forest Service doesn't]]> Wed, 15 Apr 2015 04:10:19 -0600 <![CDATA[Two injured in fatal Colorado Springs fire identified as 67-year-old woman, teen boy]]> By chhun sun http://gazette.com/two-injured-in-fatal-colorado-springs-fire-identified-as-67-year-old-woman-teen-boy/article/1549684?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/two-injured-in-fatal-colorado-springs-fire-identified-as-67-year-old-woman-teen-boy/article/1549684?custom_click=rss

The two people who were injured in a fatal fire at a Georgetown Square townhome last weekend were a 67-year-old woman and a 14-year-old boy, Colorado Springs police said Tuesday afternoon.

They were taken to the hospital and later released, police said. The two, whose names were not released, are expected to make a full recovery, officials said.

Jasen Martinez, 40, died after fire erupted about 2:40 p.m. at the complex near North Academy Boulevard and Constitution Avenue on Saturday. The man, Fire Capt. Steve Oswald said, "was a very large individual" who had to be removed from the home by two crews totaling eight firefighters.

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The two people who were injured in a fatal fire at a Georgetown Square townhome last weekend were a 67-year-old woman and a 14-year-old boy, Colorado Springs police said Tuesday afternoon.

They were taken to the hospital and later released, police said. The two, whose names were not released, are expected to make a full recovery, officials said.

Jasen Martinez, 40, died after fire erupted about 2:40 p.m. at the complex near North Academy Boulevard and Constitution Avenue on Saturday. The man, Fire Capt. Steve Oswald said, "was a very large individual" who had to be removed from the home by two crews totaling eight firefighters.

The El Paso County Coroner's Office has completed an autopsy but additional tests are needed

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Tue, 14 Apr 2015 14:40:52 -0600
<![CDATA[Red flag warning called for Tuesday in El Paso County, but relief could soon be here]]> By STEPHEN HOBBS stephen.hobbs@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/red-flag-warning-called-for-tuesday-in-el-paso-county-but-relief-could-soon-be-here/article/1549646?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/red-flag-warning-called-for-tuesday-in-el-paso-county-but-relief-could-soon-be-here/article/1549646?custom_click=rss

A red flag warning has been called for most of El Paso County after noon Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service in Pueblo.

The warning, which is issued when relatively low humidity, dry conditions and gusting winds can increase fire danger, is from 1 and 8 p.m. and covers all but a small portion of the western part of the county. Teller County is not expected to be under the warning Tuesday, according to the weather service.

Cooler temperatures and precipitation are expected in the region later in the week. Rain and snow could start in Colorado Springs as soon as Wednesday and continue into the weekend.

The National Weather Service says wind gusts up to 55 mph are possible in some locations.



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A red flag warning has been called for most of El Paso County after noon Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service in Pueblo.

The warning, which is issued when relatively low humidity, dry conditions and gusting winds can increase fire danger, is from 1 and 8 p.m. and covers all but a small portion of the western part of the county. Teller County is not expected to be under the warning Tuesday, according to the weather service.

Cooler temperatures and precipitation are expected in the region later in the week. Rain and snow could start in Colorado Springs as soon as Wednesday and continue into the weekend.

The National Weather Service says wind gusts up to 55 mph are possible in some locations.

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Tue, 14 Apr 2015 08:02:23 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs man who died in weekend fire identified]]> BY CHHUN SUN chhun.sun@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-man-who-died-in-weekend-fire-identified/article/1549608?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-man-who-died-in-weekend-fire-identified/article/1549608?custom_click=rss

The Colorado Springs man who died after a weekend townhome fire has been identified as Jasen Martinez, police said Monday.

Martinez, 40, died Saturday after a fire was reported about 2:40 p.m. at the Georgetown Square complex near Constitution Avenue and North Academy Boulevard.

The El Paso County Coroner's Office has completed an autopsy, but additional tests are needed to determine an official cause of death, Colorado Springs police said in a news release.

A witness told The Gazette on Saturday that she saw emergency personnel performing CPR on a man before he was placed in an ambulance and rushed from the scene.

The fire started in the basement, Colorado Springs Fire Capt. Steve Oswald said, and at least 30

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Martinez, 40, died Saturday after a fire was reported about 2:40 p.m. at the Georgetown Square complex near Constitution Avenue and North Academy Boulevard.

The El Paso County Coroner's Office has completed an autopsy, but additional tests are needed to determine an official cause of death, Colorado Springs police said in a news release.

A witness told The Gazette on Saturday that she saw emergency personnel performing CPR on a man before he was placed in an ambulance and rushed from the scene.

The fire started in the basement, Colorado Springs Fire Capt. Steve Oswald said, and at least 30]]> Tue, 14 Apr 2015 04:10:19 -0600 <![CDATA[Wildfires burn in Pike National Forest and near Durango]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/wildfires-burn-in-pike-national-forest-and-near-durango/article/1549580?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wildfires-burn-in-pike-national-forest-and-near-durango/article/1549580?custom_click=rss

JEFFERSON — Firefighters are working to contain two wildfires burning in Colorado.

Fire managers expect to have a 250-acre wildfire burning near Kenosha Pass fully contained by Monday evening. The U.S. Forest Service says 40 firefighters are working to build hotspots and build containment lines on the Snyder Creek 2 Fire, which is burning in the same area as a fire in 2011.

Meanwhile, near Durango, the 213 Fire is burning on about 38 acres of Southern Ute tribal land on both sides of the Animas River.

Firefighters say the fire has been fanned by afternoon winds and The Durango Herald (http://bit.ly/1HknrKM ) reports that it has jumped the containment line. Fire engines are in place to protect homes near the



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JEFFERSON — Firefighters are working to contain two wildfires burning in Colorado.

Fire managers expect to have a 250-acre wildfire burning near Kenosha Pass fully contained by Monday evening. The U.S. Forest Service says 40 firefighters are working to build hotspots and build containment lines on the Snyder Creek 2 Fire, which is burning in the same area as a fire in 2011.

Meanwhile, near Durango, the 213 Fire is burning on about 38 acres of Southern Ute tribal land on both sides of the Animas River.

Firefighters say the fire has been fanned by afternoon winds and The Durango Herald (http://bit.ly/1HknrKM ) reports that it has jumped the containment line. Fire engines are in place to protect homes near the

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