<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - waldo%20fire]]> http://gazette.com/rss/waldo%20fire Mon, 29 Jun 2015 23:16:42 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Analysis: Tracking the money spent on disaster recovery in the Pikes Peak region]]> http://gazette.com/analysis-tracking-the-money-spent-on-disaster-recovery-in-the-pikes-peak-region/article/1554583?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/analysis-tracking-the-money-spent-on-disaster-recovery-in-the-pikes-peak-region/article/1554583?custom_click=rss

El Paso County continues to receive millions of federal, state and private funds targeted at disaster recovery.

More than $56 million came into the county to help fund recoveries from the 2012 Waldo Canyon fire, the 2013 Black Forest fire and the September 2013 floods - all of which were declared federal disasters. The money went to highway projects and landscape restoration projects, to massive debris nets and catchment basins, and in some cases to private citizens to help with immediate needs, such as buying food. The money covered tree removal and counseling services, firefighting costs and salaries.

There is no single database tracking the money that Colorado Springs, El Paso County and Manitou Springs received.



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El Paso County continues to receive millions of federal, state and private funds targeted at disaster recovery.

More than $56 million came into the county to help fund recoveries from the 2012 Waldo Canyon fire, the 2013 Black Forest fire and the September 2013 floods - all of which were declared federal disasters. The money went to highway projects and landscape restoration projects, to massive debris nets and catchment basins, and in some cases to private citizens to help with immediate needs, such as buying food. The money covered tree removal and counseling services, firefighting costs and salaries.

There is no single database tracking the money that Colorado Springs, El Paso County and Manitou Springs received.

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Sun, 28 Jun 2015 00:10:53 -0600
<![CDATA[Side Streets: Waldo Canyon fire anniversary doubly sad as vandals destroy memorial children's bench]]> http://gazette.com/side-streets-waldo-canyon-fire-anniversary-doubly-sad-as-vandals-destroy-memorial-childrens-bench/article/1554503?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/side-streets-waldo-canyon-fire-anniversary-doubly-sad-as-vandals-destroy-memorial-childrens-bench/article/1554503?custom_click=rss

Three years ago today, the Waldo Canyon fire exploded down the Front Range into Mountain Shadows, killing two, destroying 346 homes and causing $453.7 million in losses.

But instead of simply observing the sad anniversary, some are mourning the recent vandalism of a memorial bench placed in Mountain Shadows Park in November to honor the victims of the fire.

The bench was a resin sculpture of a log with a rabbit on one side and a fox standing atop the other end.

The log was created using a mold from a burned log salvaged from the aftermath of the fire. Then an artist created the rabbit and fox and attached them to the log.

But the fox disappeared recently.



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Three years ago today, the Waldo Canyon fire exploded down the Front Range into Mountain Shadows, killing two, destroying 346 homes and causing $453.7 million in losses.

But instead of simply observing the sad anniversary, some are mourning the recent vandalism of a memorial bench placed in Mountain Shadows Park in November to honor the victims of the fire.

The bench was a resin sculpture of a log with a rabbit on one side and a fox standing atop the other end.

The log was created using a mold from a burned log salvaged from the aftermath of the fire. Then an artist created the rabbit and fox and attached them to the log.

But the fox disappeared recently.

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Fri, 26 Jun 2015 07:07:16 -0600
<![CDATA[State's new firefighting aircraft will benefit Colorado Springs' wildfire battles]]> http://gazette.com/states-new-firefighting-aircraft-will-benefit-colorado-springs-wildfire-battles/article/1554331?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/states-new-firefighting-aircraft-will-benefit-colorado-springs-wildfire-battles/article/1554331?custom_click=rss

Colorado Springs Fire Department Chief Chris Riley counts the state's new firefighting fleet among the department's assets when crews are working to contain dangerous and rapidly spreading wildfires.

"We are viewing that as a critical part of our arsenal to combat wildfires," Riley said Tuesday of the fleet, which includes two multimission aircraft that can detect wildfires using thermal sensing technology.

It was fitting that Riley talked about the aircraft on June 23: Tuesday marked the third anniversary of the start of the Waldo Canyon fire, which would claim two lives and destroy 347 homes in Colorado Springs a few days later. The fire began on a Saturday with record-breaking heat, nothing like the wet June that Colorado



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Colorado Springs Fire Department Chief Chris Riley counts the state's new firefighting fleet among the department's assets when crews are working to contain dangerous and rapidly spreading wildfires.

"We are viewing that as a critical part of our arsenal to combat wildfires," Riley said Tuesday of the fleet, which includes two multimission aircraft that can detect wildfires using thermal sensing technology.

It was fitting that Riley talked about the aircraft on June 23: Tuesday marked the third anniversary of the start of the Waldo Canyon fire, which would claim two lives and destroy 347 homes in Colorado Springs a few days later. The fire began on a Saturday with record-breaking heat, nothing like the wet June that Colorado

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Thu, 25 Jun 2015 12:29:26 -0600