Colorado News

Friday, July 23, 2021

No one injured after garage fire northeast of downtown Colorado Springs

VIDEO: No one was injured after a garage fire northeast of downtown Colorado Springs. The fire happened around midnight Friday on Condor Street, near Constitution and Union close to the Patty Jewett Golf Course. Firefighters said the garage fire destroyed two cars and caused heavy smoke damage inside the home. 11 News spoke to the homeowner on scene, who was able to escape safely. He said it was a normal night, as he drove home, parked his car in the garage and turned it off, and went to sleep. 15 minutes later, he said he smelt smoke. “I came outside and I saw flames shooting out my garage door and I got a hose and started hosing down the front of the house, I called 9-1-1 first though and so I just started putting some water on it and then they showed up cause they’re only a half a mile away,” said homeowner Martin Prohaski.
KKTV CBS 11 Colorado Springs

Grand Junction Fire Department headed to Wyoming

VIDEO: At 8:00 a.m., the Grand Junction Fire Department deployed a team of four wildland firefighters and Brush Engine 6 to Laramie, Wyoming to assist in severe wildfire conditions as part of the national mutual aid system. This kind of deployment is the GJFD not responding to a specific fire, but instead proactively making themselves available in areas with severe fire conditions and a high probability of extreme fire behavior. As this part of Wyoming is currently experiencing high winds, low humidity, and high temperatures - making it a high risk area for wildfires. This way they can quickly identify and respond to fires before they spread. This deployment is the second of its kind, the first was in California, with the team returning Monday.
KJCT-TV ABC 8 Grand Junction

Colorado Flash Flood History: More Than 530 Deaths Documented Since 1864

VIDEO: When it comes to weather disasters in Colorado we have a large and deadly history, with some of the top and most consistent killers being lightning and avalanches. But rushing floodwaters have claimed hundreds of lives since the mid-1800s when weather records started in the state. We have two flood events on record that claimed over 100 lives. With so many recent and very large burn scars in our state, we have an enhanced risk to experience flash flooding. On Tuesday alone, we saw problems develop with rushing water, including mud slides, in at least four parts of the state. A flash flood in the Cameron Peak burn scar in Larimer County turned deadly.
KCNC-TV CBS 4 Denver

University of Colorado Boulder researchers study wildfire risk, preparedness

New research by University of Colorado Boulder and Colorado fire officials found that mountain residents overestimate how prepared they are for wildfires and underestimate their wildfire risk. Research Associate Professor Hannah Brenkert-Smith and her team worked with the Platte Canyon Fire Protection District, nonprofit Wildfire Research Center and a homeowners association to survey the wildfire risk to homes in the Burland Ranchettes subdivision near Bailey. Firefighters conducted 1,300 rapid risk assessments of properties, looking at 12 factors in wildfire risk, including vegetation, topography and building materials. Then the CU Boulder team sent out 1,150 surveys to ask residents to assess their homes using the same factors, while also asking about their experience with wildfire, risk reduction, evacuation plans and where they get information about wildfire.
Boulder Daily Camera - Metered Site

Haystack burns for over 13 hours in Ouray County

The Log Hill Volunteer Fire Department extinguished a haystack fire that burned for more than 13 hours overnight on Snow Bush Drive. After responding to the fire at about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, firefighters were on the scene until Thursday morning. "It was a huge store of hay," Assistant Chief Tom Austin said. "Once the fire gets into the hay, you have to get machinery to pull it apart and put water on it and pull it apart more and more." He estimated the storage area was about 30 feet wide and 100 feet long. Due to the amount of damage at the site, it's difficult to determine what started the fire, Austin said. "There was a significant lightning storm that happened, so that is a possibility," he said. About 15 members of the Log Hill department responded, and Montrose Fire helped for about two hours with initial containment, Austin said.
Ouray County Plaindealer

Home occupants help snuff wildfire in Missouri Heights

Fast-acting homeowners got a wildfire under control soon after it was sparked by a lightning strike in Missouri Heights Thursday afternoon, Roaring Fork Fire Rescue Deputy Fire Chief Kevin Issel said Thursday night. The wildfire broke out at about 5:30 p.m. along Wind River Road, a sparsely developed area south of Fender Lane. A thunderstorm was rolling through the area at the time. “The lightning up in Missouri Heights was just crazy,” Issel said. Mallory Meyer, a resident of the house, said they saw the lightning strike and about a minute later saw flames 100 yards away. “We were definitely worried about our home as it was so close,” Meyer said in an email. “We called 911 and soon after the flames were about 30 feet high and the wind was pushing it towards us and the neighbors."
Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Coming In Hot: Garbage Truck Stops At South Metro Fire Station On Fire

VIDEO: South Metro firefighters had a fire delivered to them on Wednesday afternoon. A city of Centennial garbage truck caught fire, so the driver went to the nearest fire state. The flaming trash was dumped out, and firefighters went to work on it. They also made sure nothing was smoldering in the truck. No one was hurt. SMFR says this isn’t unusual since cigarettes and batteries can catch fire while inside the trash.
KCNC-TV CBS 4 Denver

Debris piles up in home, sludge fills homes, after Poudre Canyon flood in Larimer County

VIDEO: Property owners along Black Hollow Road described the terror of watching flash floods ravage the area. Around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, heavy rains over the Cameron Peak burn scar caused a mudslide and debris flow near Black Hollow Road. Five homes were washed away and several more suffered significant damage, as did the bridge leading to the development. “We watched it. We saw it come down and take out both these houses. We were here on the bridge when it happened. If we’d been 30 seconds earlier we would have been under those rocks,” Barbara Wilkerson said. In his 60 years living in Poudre Canyon, lifelong Poudre Canyon resident and volunteer firefighter Dan Bond said he never imagined a disaster so devastating. “I grew up here, so I know this area like the back of my hand. But it’s completely different now,” Bond said.
KDVR-TV FOX 31 Denver

Colorado Springs: Fires started in 2 businesses along West Colorado now being investigated as possible arson

VIDEO: A pair of fires are under investigation after both were started in businesses overnight. The fires started within an hour of each other in stores along West Colorado Avenue. The fire department says it responded to the first shortly before midnight Thursday in A House of Flags off Colorado and 29th Street. Firefighters found a trash can on fire in the building and quickly doused the flames. About 60 minutes later, firefighters were again dispatched to West Colorado, this time to the UPS store within the Colorado and 31st Street shopping center. Police say burglary alarms were triggered each time a fire was ignited. “Officers responded to two separate business alarms along the West Colorado Avenue corridor. In both cases, the businesses had fires started inside,” a lieutenant wrote on the CSPD blotter.
KKTV CBS 11 Colorado Springs

Firefighters rescued two hikers in Colorado Springs

Two hikers needed to be rescued in Colorado Springs on Wednesday. The Colorado Springs Fire Department shared some brief details on the operation. Crews were called to North Cheyenne Canyon Park to help the hikers. The park is on the southwest side of the city west of the Broadmoor. At about 7:48 p.m. the fire department was reporting they made contact with the two female hikers. One of the hikers had cold exposure but was able to walk out on their own. The second hiker had a dislocated shoulder. The rescue operation started at about 6:45 p.m. and took several hours.
KKTV CBS 11 Colorado Springs

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