Colorado News

Friday, July 12, 2024

Jefferson County: US 285 vehicle fire closes southbound lanes, starts wildfire

PHOTO: A vehicle fire along U.S. 285 on Thursday afternoon led to a small wildfire near homes and horses and closed the southbound lanes for about an hour. It happened around 2:38 p.m. along U.S. 285 and Sunrise Lane, near Hillview, according to a release from Elk Creek Fire Protection District. A van pulling a trailer caught fire, and the flames spread into the grass and trees near the highway. “There were residences just adjacent to this area, as well as horses,” reads the release from Elk Creek Fire. “When responders arrived on scene, exposures were immediately protected, and the fire was prevented from spreading to the adjacent residences.” The wildfire grew to about a half-acre. No injuries were reported.
KDVR-TV FOX 31 Denver

Boulder County ’urgently’ wants to find armed man who lit fires

VIDEO: The Boulder County Sheriff's Office has released images and video of a man deputies are seeking in connection with burglary and arson incidents, citing heightened fire danger and rising temperatures as urgent reasons for apprehension. The crimes occurred around 11:30 p.m. on July 4 in the 24000 block of Highway 7, located between Lyons and Allenspark. "Anytime we have a fire in a mountainous area, especially under fire restrictions, it's a significant concern," said Boulder Sheriff's Office spokesman Vinnie Montez. According to detectives, surveillance footage shows the suspect attempting to ignite a cabin. "He initially started a fire inside the cabin, which extinguished on its own," Montez explained. "He then proceeded to an exterior shed and set it on fire, causing its destruction."
CBS News Colorado

Colorado’s first Firehawk is finally ready to fight fires, but that doesn’t mean it will be called to the next one

Three years after lawmakers allocated $30 million to purchase its first “Firehawk,” the modified military helicopter that is capable of quickly crisscrossing Colorado to detect and douse flames is finally ready for action. But that doesn’t mean it will be called to attack the next wildfire that sparks as overgrown fuels dry up in the stifling summer heat. Highly specialized training for four primary pilots is complete but whether the one-of-a-kind aircraft is called to the next fire depends on what other resources are available nearest to the fire, said Mike Morgan, director of Colorado’s Division of Fire Prevention and Control. “We’ll send the closest available helicopter,” Morgan said. “It might be a large air tanker, might be a single-engine tanker, depending on what the fire is doing — it’s different tools in the toolbox."
Colorado Sun - Metered Site

Thursday, July 11, 2024

Water rescue at Chatfield Reservoir ends on a happy note, thanks to a fellow boater and a life jacket

A boating accident at a Colorado lake had a happy ending Tuesday evening. A sailboat out on Chatfield Reservoir flipped over, dumping its occupant into the water. South Metro firefighters were called to the scene for a water rescue just before 8 p.m. But South Metro Fire Rescue says units were able to quickly clear, thanks to a fellow boater, who pulled the victim out of the lake -- and crucially, because the victim had been wearing a life jacket. “No injuries and no medical needs on this incident. All units are clearing,” South Metro Fire Rescue said. Colorado Parks and Wildlife says the majority of water-related deaths in 2024 thus far have occurred because people failed to put on a life jacket. “Wearing a life jacket will keep your head above water and support your body should your swimming ability fail or you become unconscious,” Colorado Parks and Wildlife said.
KKTV CBS 11 Colorado Springs

Teller County and Woodland Park receives grant for wildfire mitigation

On Monday, Teller County, along with the City of Woodland Park, announced that they received a $1 million grant from the Colorado Strategic Wildfire Action Program (COSWAP) to conduct wildfire mitigation. The mitigation buffer zone surrounds Woodland Park. Teller County says this is the second $1 million COSWAP Grant the county has received in the last two years. They say the first grant conducted significant mitigation on the nothwest slope of Pikes Peak between Woodland Park and the Catamount Reservoirs. Mitigation work will start this fall, and the county says completion is expected by mid-2027.
KOAA-TV NBC 5 Pueblo

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