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Thursday, July 2, 2020

Jefferson County brush fire started by kids playing with fireworks, fire department says

Someone playing with fireworks in the mid-afternoon of a hot, dry day sparked a brush fire that burned a quarter of an acre of land in Jefferson County on Wednesday. The fire was caused by a Roman candle firework, according to South Metro Fire Rescue (SMFR). It started around 3:45 p.m. in the open space behind a home at 7573 W. Elmhurst Dr., the department said. "Please do not use any type of firework in or near vegetation," SMFR urged on Twitter. Firefighters were able to put out the fire after it burned one-quarter of an acre and were still on scene around 5:30 p.m. putting out hot spots. The department said they have not determined whether or not they will fine or charge the kids who were playing with the fireworks. Jefferson County is under Stage 1 Fire Restrictions this month. The use of all fireworks is prohibited within Jefferson County while it is under a fire restriction.
KUSA-TV NBC 9 Denver

Motorcyclist rescued by firefighters in Colorado Springs

Firefighters were able to rescue a motorcyclist who went about 30 feet off a Colorado Springs roadway and down a hill on Wednesday. The crash happened near Blodgett Peak Open Space of West Woodmen Road. The Colorado Springs Fire Department had to use a rope rescue system to get to the motorcyclist. They shared photos of the rescue effort at about 6:45 p.m. At about 7 p.m. the rescue was a success and the patient was taken to a local hospital. "Slow down and drive safe this holiday weekend," the fire department wrote on Twitter.
KKTV-TV CBS 11 Colorado Springs

Denver police arrest 2 after ’significant seizure’ of illegal fireworks

Two men are facing criminal charges after Denver police found a stash of illegal fireworks. The Denver Police Department (DPD) announced in a tweet Wednesday that officers had made another "significant seizure of illegal fireworks." The fireworks were found in the 2800 block of South Utica Street. That's in the Harvey Park South neighborhood, southeast of the intersection of West Yale Avenue and South Sheridan Boulevard. The men were arrested on suspicion of illegal storage and possession of fireworks. Fireworks that leave the ground are illegal in Colorado unless you have a permit and are a trained professional. Examples of prohibited fireworks are firecrackers, bottle rockets, lady fingers, mortars and Roman candles.
KUSA-TV NBC 9 Denver

Pagosa Fire Protection District responds to structure fire

On July 1 at approx. 6:45 a.m., an active structure fire was reported on Ute Drive in the Aspen Springs Unit 5 area. Upon arrival, the first due engine completed a scene size up noting a fully involved residential structure as well as a fully involved outbuilding with fire spreading in the surrounding vegetation and one additional structure threatened. First arriving units established a defensive exterior fire attack due to the fire activity. A water shuttle was established to allow constant flow of water for firefighters as this location is in a non-hydrant area. Both structures were lost and the brush fire was contained to the approximately ¼ acre. PFPD responded with two engines, one brush engine, four water tenders, two chief cars, one utility vehicle, ten paid staff members and ten volunteers. One engine, one water tender and five firefighters from Upper Pine River Fire responded per standing mutual aid agreement.
Pagosa Springs Sun

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

I-70 Reopens, Evacuations Lifted For Bradbury Krebs Fire Burning Near Byers

VIDEO: A portion of Interstate 70 was closed for hours and evacuations ordered on Tuesday as crews rushed to put out a wildfire. The fire burned less than 100 acres and no structures were lost. Both directions of I-70 were closed at Exit 316, US 36 Byers and reopened just after 2 p.m. A total of 96 acres burned and about 100 homes targeted in the evacuation order have been allowed to return home. No structures burned in the fire. The Arapahoe County Wildland Fire Team is working along with other jurisdictions including Byers Fire District, South Metro Fire Rescue, Bennett Fire and more on the fire. What started the fire is being investigated. A helicopter was making water drops on the fire from a nearby retention pond.
KCNC-TV CBS 4 Denver

South Adams Firefighters Respond To Crash Involving Semi & Two Vehicles

South Adams Fire emergency crews responded to a crash involving two vehicles and a semi-truck on Tuesday morning. It happened on Interstate 270 and Vasquez Boulevard. Firefighters say there were minor injuries, but did not say who was injured. It’s also not clear what caused the crash. The semi-truck carrying dieseal fuel left the roadway and stopped on a grass embankment.
KCNC-TV CBS 4 Denver

Glenwood firefighters douses brush blaze along I-70 in South Canyon

A likely human-caused brush fire burning between Interstate 70 and the railroad tracks in South Canyon was quickly extinguished Wednesday morning by Glenwood Springs Fire Department crews. According to a department press release, the report was received at 7:32 a.m. for a brush fire on the south side of I-70 near mile marker 109.5, about four miles west of Glenwood Springs. Firefighters responded to find a fast-moving grass fire burning on about one acre, and were able to contain it within 20 minutes. “Great team effort with quick response was critical in extinguishing this fire in the high winds,” Incident Commander Jesse Hood said in the release. The right lane of eastbound I-70 was closed in the area while crews attacked the fire. The Union Pacific Railroad also stopped train traffic due to the proximity of the railroad tracks to the fire, according to the release.
Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Examining the ’Wildland Firefighter Week of Remembrance’

VIDEO: This is the “Wildland Firefighter Week of Remembrance”. On this date, June 30, in 2013, 19 granite mountain firefighters were lost in the Yarnell Hill fire in Arizona. 34 wildland firefighters were killed in the line of duty that fire season. On July 6 in 1994, 14 firefighters died on Storm King Mountain in Colorado. 35 wildland firefighters died that year. The main focus for this week of remembrance is so that future wildland firefighters learn from those who served before them. This week is intended as an opportunity to renew the commitment to the health, wellness, and safety of wildland firefighters.
KNBN-TV NBC 21 Rapid City

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