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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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  • 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...

  • CDOT looking for more mitigation opportunities after downpour overwhelms Waldo Canyon burn scar

    While officials praised flood mitigation work up and down Ute Pass after rains caused road closures Wednesday, a more intense weather event three days later proved that millions of dollars of work can only do so much when heavy storms strike quickly. Saturday’s storm hit the Waldo Canyon burn area midafternoon, leaving U.S. 24 closed near...

  • Footage of Waldo Canyon Fire earns Colorado Springs firefighter a local Emmy

    Most firefighters don't win local Emmy awards. But Steve Schopper is not the average firefighter. He's an audio video specialist for the Colorado Springs Fire Department, and he is a volunteer lieutenant with the Manitou Springs Fire Department. The 61-year-old Schopper's footage used in the Denver Post documentary "The Fireline: Wildfire...

  • Officials pleased with Ute Pass mitigation work, but say that 'true test' is yet to come

    As officials up and down Ute Pass praised more than a year's worth of flood mitigation work Thursday morning, at least one breach in the protection exposed itself after two strong storms hit the Pikes Peak region and the Waldo Canyon fire burn scar Wednesday. Mud and debris poured out of the Sand Gulch watershed along the burn area, raced...

  • Flood mitigation efforts appear successful amid torrential rains in Colorado Springs area

    A widespread series of summer thunderstorms wreaked havoc in El Paso County on Wednesday, pounding the Pikes Peak region with rain, twice shutting down U.S. 24 and flooding several streets. The storm sent dark muddy water and debris rushing down the Waldo Canyon burn scar and rapidly filled creeks and triggered flood sirens in Manitou...

  • U.S. Highway 24 closures subject of meeting between CDOT, business leaders

    Everybody agrees: Safety first. Nobody wants to see a repeat of last summer's tragedy, when a Teller County man died in flash flooding that also destroyed homes and damaged vehicles caught in the violent, debris-laden waters running off the Waldo Canyon burn scar. But it's been a tricky balancing act for the Colorado Department of...