<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - waldo%20fire]]> http://gazette.com/rss/waldo%20fire Wed, 01 Apr 2015 03:23:27 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Cascade residents live in fear of being washed away below Waldo Canyon burn scar]]> BY RYAN MAYE HANDY ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/cascade-residents-live-in-fear-of-being-washed-away-below-waldo-canyon-burn-scar/article/1548768?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cascade-residents-live-in-fear-of-being-washed-away-below-waldo-canyon-burn-scar/article/1548768?custom_click=rss

Tom Harris never sleeps when it rains in Cascade. He listens to the rain and knows that if he can hear the water coming down the mountain, it's too late.

"Two weeks ago, when it rained all night up here, we didn't sleep all night," said Harris, who says he is shellshocked by memories of post-wildfire flooding along Ute Pass. "That's the way our life is up here right now."

After a lifetime in Cascade and 40 years in a home he built himself, the 62-year-old Harris is ready to leave his property on Topeka Avenue at a moment's notice.

Harris is one of four Cascade homeowners whose properties were flagged for being in extreme danger from floodwaters coursing off the Waldo Canyon burn scar.



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Tom Harris never sleeps when it rains in Cascade. He listens to the rain and knows that if he can hear the water coming down the mountain, it's too late.

"Two weeks ago, when it rained all night up here, we didn't sleep all night," said Harris, who says he is shellshocked by memories of post-wildfire flooding along Ute Pass. "That's the way our life is up here right now."

After a lifetime in Cascade and 40 years in a home he built himself, the 62-year-old Harris is ready to leave his property on Topeka Avenue at a moment's notice.

Harris is one of four Cascade homeowners whose properties were flagged for being in extreme danger from floodwaters coursing off the Waldo Canyon burn scar.

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Mon, 30 Mar 2015 12:10:56 -0600
<![CDATA[Blog: Mountain Shadows fire memorial wins award]]> By Jennifer Mulson jen.mulson@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/blog-mountain-shadows-fire-memorial-wins-award/article/1548491?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/blog-mountain-shadows-fire-memorial-wins-award/article/1548491?custom_click=rss

“Heart,” the fire memorial sculpture in Mountain Shadows Park, recently won the 2015 Mosaic Arts International best in show award. The sculpture was created by Eileen Gay of Sparks, Nev.



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“Heart,” the fire memorial sculpture in Mountain Shadows Park, recently won the 2015 Mosaic Arts International best in show award. The sculpture was created by Eileen Gay of Sparks, Nev.

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Tue, 24 Mar 2015 15:30:21 -0600
<![CDATA[Flying W chuck-wagon dinners to return to Colorado Springs]]> By ryan maye handy ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/flying-w-chuck-wagon-dinners-to-return-to-colorado-springs/article/1548112?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/flying-w-chuck-wagon-dinners-to-return-to-colorado-springs/article/1548112?custom_click=rss

The Flying W Ranch plans to rebuild on its old ranch site that was ravaged by the Waldo Canyon fire and once again serve its chuck-wagon dinners, Executive Director Aaron Winter said this week.

The Flying W Ranch Foundation has not made a final offer to a contractor, but expects to break ground on a new building by Memorial Day. With any luck, Flying W could have a structure in place for the fourth anniversary of the Waldo Canyon fire in 2016, Winter said. The new building should seat between 700 and 900 people.

"We've been trying for years to get this thing up and running," but plans were stymied by floods, sediment build-up, burned trees and severe winds, Winter said.



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The Flying W Ranch plans to rebuild on its old ranch site that was ravaged by the Waldo Canyon fire and once again serve its chuck-wagon dinners, Executive Director Aaron Winter said this week.

The Flying W Ranch Foundation has not made a final offer to a contractor, but expects to break ground on a new building by Memorial Day. With any luck, Flying W could have a structure in place for the fourth anniversary of the Waldo Canyon fire in 2016, Winter said. The new building should seat between 700 and 900 people.

"We've been trying for years to get this thing up and running," but plans were stymied by floods, sediment build-up, burned trees and severe winds, Winter said.

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Wed, 18 Mar 2015 09:00:25 -0600
<![CDATA[Red Cross Hometown Heroes: Volunteer Cascade firefighters lauded for fire, flood work]]> By ryan maye handy ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/red-cross-hometown-heroes-volunteer-cascade-firefighters-lauded-for-fire-flood-work/article/1548011?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/red-cross-hometown-heroes-volunteer-cascade-firefighters-lauded-for-fire-flood-work/article/1548011?custom_click=rss

While Colorado Springs watched the Waldo Canyon fire burn eastward, a group of volunteer firefighters was stuck on the fire's west side, defending more than 400 homes in Cascade.

Cascade's 15-person, all-volunteer crew worked straight through the first 24 hours of the devastating 2012 fire, which went on to burn more than 18,000 acres and destroy 347 homes in Colorado Springs. They were among hundreds of firefighters who watched the Waldo Canyon fire from behind a wall of smoke, separated from the Colorado Springs' destruction and connected to it only through news reports.

The fire burned only around the northern edges of Cascade, but another disaster made Chief Michael Whittemore realize that Cascade had hardly escaped



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While Colorado Springs watched the Waldo Canyon fire burn eastward, a group of volunteer firefighters was stuck on the fire's west side, defending more than 400 homes in Cascade.

Cascade's 15-person, all-volunteer crew worked straight through the first 24 hours of the devastating 2012 fire, which went on to burn more than 18,000 acres and destroy 347 homes in Colorado Springs. They were among hundreds of firefighters who watched the Waldo Canyon fire from behind a wall of smoke, separated from the Colorado Springs' destruction and connected to it only through news reports.

The fire burned only around the northern edges of Cascade, but another disaster made Chief Michael Whittemore realize that Cascade had hardly escaped

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Mon, 16 Mar 2015 10:12:44 -0600