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MARK REIS, THE GAZETTEA passerby photographs The Waldo Canyon Fire from Centennial Blvd Tuesday, June 26, 2012.y

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A Waldo Canyon fire interactive timeline

The Gazette created an interactive timeline that shows how and where the fire burned in June...

Waldo Canyon fire memories

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Investigation into Waldo Canyon fire has stalled, detective says

The investigation into the cause of the Waldo Canyon fire has stalled almost a year after the...

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Environmental, social impacts of Waldo canyon fire studied

This spring, the Waldo Canyon fire has come under the microscope of two Denver professors and...

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  • El Paso County receives more than $250,000 in wildfire grants

    A third round of money from the state's Wildfire Risk Reduction Program will help pay for 37 projects throughout Colorado, including work in El Paso County by the Westcott Fire Protection District, Black Forest Together and the county. Gov. John Hickenlooper's office announced Friday that more than 
$3.7 million will go toward projects in 18...

  • Rampart Range Road could open in fall, but no timetable for Waldo Canyon Trail

    A closed portion of Rampart Range Road might reopen this fall, but don't count on a return to Waldo Canyon Trail anytime soon. That's the latest word from the U.S. Forest Service on two hot-button closures at popular recreation areas west of Colorado Springs. In an interview with The Gazette last week, Oscar Martinez, acting ranger of the...

  • Community comes together to honor heroes of Waldo Canyon fire

    Gary Tedeschi knew he was not dealing with a normal fire when he saw a sudden rush of deer and other animals coming toward him. The Colorado Springs police officer was aiding the crowd and traffic control effort in the Mountain Shadows neighborhood when flames sprung over a hill headed in his direction. "It was like the movies," he said....

  • Chopping scorched Flying W trees a valuable experience for fire crews

    Chain saws roared and charred trees crashed on rain-moistened grass and brush at Flying W Ranch on Sunday, as a team of firefighters continued the daunting task of clearing nearly 1,600 acres of trees burned in the Waldo Canyon fire. The mitigation project is a partnership between the Colorado Springs Fire Department and Flying W Ranch, which...

  • Flood projects should
 ease U.S. 24 closures west of Colorado Springs

    After spending more than $10 million during the last two years on flash-flood control along Ute Pass, the Colorado Department of Transportation hopes that steps taken between now and the end of 2014 will make potential closures of U.S. 24 less stressful. Karen Rowe, a CDOT regional transportation director, shared her department's updates for...

  • New planes could have helped firefighters locate Waldo Canyon fire before it grew

    On the searing-hot morning of June 23, 2012, Chris Como and his wife were hiking on Waldo Canyon trail when they saw a puff of smoke. "I guess it was around noon, and my wife was looking over my shoulder," Como recalled two years later. She thought she saw something; he saw nothing. "But then she saw it again." Como, a Woodland Park resident,...

  • Absence of fire, flooding helps Manitou Springs businesses rebound

    The starting gun for the Pikes Peak Ascent race had been fired about five hours earlier, but runners wearing bibs and carrying complimentary bags were walking up and down Manitou Avenue in Manitou Springs Saturday afternoon. At the Stagecoach Inn restaurant, diners filled the outdoor seating area on the warm afternoon, and some runners who...

  • Researchers hope to understand long-term effects of trauma through survey of Black Forest, Waldo Canyon fire victims

    A group of researchers are turning their attention to the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest fires with the hope of learning more about families and how they cope with disaster. A behavior expert and a research associate from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs are part of the team reaching out to parents and kids to take part in a...

  • For some, storms prove Flying W mitigation work is holding up

    Storms lashed the Flying W Ranch this month, washing out service roads and dislodging a couple of dozen erosion barriers from a fire-ravaged hillside. But along with those reminders of nature's fury, the weather also brought cause for hope, say those working to revive the once-bustling home of nightly chuckwagon suppers and Old West nostalgia...

  • Retired teachers put 'good intentions' to work in gift for Waldo Canyon fire victim

    Jane Neff calls them "good intentions" - all those pieced blocks and tops that quilters hope to finish someday, but never do. Most of such craft work disappears into closets never to be seen again until they end up in a garage sale or maybe an antique store. Neff, a retired teacher, searches far and wide for such unfinished collectibles in...