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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Palmer Lake Town Council keeps fire department amid public pressure


The Palmer Lake Town Council abandoned talks to disband the local fire department Wednesday, committing instead to draft a ballot measure for the fall election that would increase property taxes to support the agency. The town said in a recent post to its Facebook page that it was considering closing the department and forming an agreement that would allow Tri-Lakes Monument Fire Protection District to handle emergency calls there. But town officials appeared to have abandoned that plan due to public pressure, even before about 100 people — many in support of the fire department — crowded town hall for the Wednesday night meeting. “I think it would be a total disgrace to let this mayor, this town council and this city do away with our fire department,” said Ron Kruger, a former Palmer Lake Fire Chief whose father helped found the department more than 80 years ago.
Colorado Springs Gazette

Larkspur: Former firefighter invents exploding ‘Fireball’ device that could save lives


After seeing so many preventable fires, former firefighter and Larkspur resident Grant Van Der Jagt said enough was enough. "The trauma of firefighters seeing death, seeing something that was preventable, it haunts you. It's something that lives with you," he said. Van Der Jagt developed the Fireball. He said the cantaloupe-sized ball is an "airbag for the oven." He says it can extinguish a fire in seconds. Van Der Jagt said a group of firefighters worked together in an attempt to find a solution to help prevent common kinds of fires. The Fireball melts the ball and in seconds it explodes. “The Fireball shifts the atmospheric pressure. So the fire is further away from its source when it’s hit. Then, it’s smothered with the powder," Van Der Jagt said.
KDVR-TV FOX 31 Denver

Aspen Fire Protection District talks housing with future neighbors at station barbecue


They may not officially be neighbors yet, but that didn’t stop the Aspen Fire Protection District from hosting a barbecue for North Forty residents at Station 62, 43 Sage Way Road. A fire truck was on display — much to the delight of a few children at the event — as were the most recent concepts for the district’s subsidized housing project. It’s all part of an ongoing public outreach effort, Fire Chief Rick Balentine said. “We didn’t want to get too far down the road with actual design,” he said. “Tonight’s more about massing and scaling and just get more input from the community to see how we can make it as good a project as possible.” Currently, 18 units are in the works: 13 townhomes, four apartments and one single-family home totalling 22,892 square feet and more than 40 beds in housing capacity. Additionally, the blueprint shows a 2,280-square-foot, two-room, multi-purpose building and 15,485 square feet of underground parking.
Aspen Daily News

Canyonlands Fire in Fremont County now 100% contained


As of Wednesday afternoon, the Canyonlands Fire is 100% contained and fire crews said the fire's final acreage reached 34 acres. The fire is entirely on Bureau of Land Management lands and no structures are currently threatened. The fire is burning about nine miles northwest of Canon City. It was started by lightning on July 9. Residents in the area can expect to see smoke periodically rising from the fire area, especially during the afternoon hours. Firefighters will map out the fire perimeter Wednesday to provide a more accurate determination of the actual fire acreage. There are no road closures at this time. Temporary flight restrictions over the fire area will be lifted on Wednesday.
KRDO-TV ABC 13 Colorado Springs

Woodie Fisher Kitchen & Bar Brings Denver’s Oldest Fire Station Back to Life


The oldest building in Denver’s Union Station neighborhood was a lonely relic for a long time, but that only added to its intrigue. “Everyone who is an architect in Denver had seen this building sitting in what used to be a wasteland of parking lots and storage areas and fenced utility areas,” says Kevin Stephenson, principal and founding partner of Denver’s Boss Architecture. “There’s this very interesting, perfect little historic red brick building that’s been sitting on that corner forever, abandoned for many, many years.” Known as Hose House No. 1, the 1881 landmark on the corner of 20th Street and Chestnut Place is the oldest fire station still standing in Denver. Over the years, an entirely new streetscape grew up to surround the increasingly derelict structure, yet still it remained untouched. That is, until Focus Property Group began developing the adjacent Hilton Garden Inn Denver Union Station, and recognized the historic building’s potential.
5280 Magazine


Wednesday, July 17, 2019

An ‘Out Of Character’ Suspected Arson Heavily Damaged A Historic Antelope Springs Church


A 104-year-old church in a remote slice of Morgan County was allegedly set on fire early Sunday morning. The Morgan County Sheriff's Office, the Hillrose Volunteer Fire Department and the New Raymer Volunteer Fire Department responded to a resident's report that the Antelope Springs Methodist Episcopal Church was on fire at approximately 3 a.m. on Sunday, July 14. Firefighters were able to put out the flames, but there was extensive damage done to the interior of the church. The Antelope Springs church was built in 1915 about 30 minutes northeast of Fort Morgan. It joined the National Register of Historic Places in 2013. "It’s been a local meeting place, gathering place, for the Antelope Springs community," Morgan County Sheriff Dave Martin said. "There’s a lot of people that travel there to look at the old church."
Colorado Public Radio

Belgian firefighters visit Pagosa Springs


The Pagosa Fire Protection District (PFPD) is pleased to have recently hosted a group of firefighters from Beaumont, Belgium. The firefighter exchange program occurs every five years. In 2020, a group of firefighters from the PFPD will venture to Belgium to gain knowledge of the fire service in Europe. The group of Belgian firefighters and their families visited Pagosa Springs from June 30 through July 5. During their visit, they participated in a welcome dinner of American-style barbecue, fire apparatus familiarization, a wildland fire class, white water rafting, the Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo, the Fourth of July parade and they watched the fireworks display. PFPD presented the group with a traditional American-style structure fire helmet signed by members of the department. In a return gesture of friendship, the Belgian firefighters presented a plaque, made from Belgian oak, depicting a European-style helmet and tools.
Pagosa Springs Sun

Lightning likely sparked fire at Bobcat Ridge west of Loveland


Crews estimated that a 3-acre fire at Bobcat Ridge Natural Area was 75% contained by 8 p.m. Sunday. The fire was likely sparked by lightning, according to a Loveland Fire Rescue Authority Facebook post. The small wildfire drew crews from the Loveland fire department as well as Poudre Fire Authority, Berthoud Fire Protection District, Larimer County Emergency Services and the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control, as well as rangers from Fort Collins Natural Areas and the U.S. Forest Service. Bobcat Ridge is a city of Fort Collins natural area that is located off West County Road 32C, west of Loveland off the Masonville Road.
Estes Park Trail-Gazette

Canyonlands Fire in Fremont County now 90% contained


As of Wednesday morning, the Canyonlands Fire is 90% contained and remains at approximately 50 acres. The fire is entirely on Bureau of Land Management lands and no structures are currently threatened. The fire is burning about nine miles northwest of Canon City. It was started by lightning on July 9. Residents in the area can expect to see smoke periodically rising from the fire area, especially during the afternoon hours. Firefighters will map out the fire perimeter Wednesday to provide a more accurate determination of the actual fire acreage. There are no road closures at this time. Temporary flight restrictions over the fire area will be lifted on Wednesday.
KRDO-TV ABC 13 Colorado Springs







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