Colorado News

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Elk Fire in Larimer County 40% contained; mandatory evacuations still in place

Mandatory evacuations for the Elk Fire near Red Feather Lakes remained in place on Thursday morning, the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office said. The fire, which started as a prescribed burn that grew out of control on Wednesday afternoon, was at 622 acres and 40% containment. The prescribed burn was at 472 acres and the wildfire was at 150 acres. Officials said there was little change in the fire overnight, but mandatory evacuations are still in place for the Glacier View Meadows subdivision gates 7 to 13 southeast of Red Feather Lakers. Voluntary evacuations are in place for Gates 1 to 6 that are south of Larimer County Road 74E. One shed has been damaged and about 50 homes remain threatened by the fire. No injuries have been reported.
KDVR-TV FOX 31 Denver

Greeley Fire Department recognized for ‘Squad’ effort toward serving mentally ill

North Range Behavioral Health named Greeley fire chief Dale Lyman and interim battalion chief Jeff Stranahan as “Community Champions of Behavioral Health” Monday for their advocacy efforts. The fire department has partnered with North Range since March 2018 to create a three-person team called “Squad 1.” The department has been deploying Squad 1 as a countermeasure to a preponderance of 911 calls that involve mental health concerns rather than more traditional emergency response needs like fire or pure medical issues. The three-person squad is made up of a paramedic, employed by the fire department, a crisis counselor, employed by North Range, and a case manager, employed by North Colorado Health Alliance.
Greeley Daily Tribune

Residents evacuated after roof catches fire at Steamboat condominium complex

A fire at a condominium complex near Steamboat Resort sparked the evacuation of about 30 people on Tuesday afternoon. Just after 2 p.m., Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue firefighters received a report of flames on the roof at the Bear Claw II condominium complex in the 2400 block of Ski Trail Lane. “It wasn’t very large — about the size of a campfire,” according to Deputy Fire Chief Chuck Cerasoli. Cerasoli did not know the precise cause of the fire but mentioned that workers were doing construction on the roof at the time. By the time he and his crew arrived, the flames were mostly out. A group of about 30 residents had fled their units and were standing outside, along with the property manager.
Steamboat today

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Telluride firefighters head to California

Last season’s long winter and heavy snowpack has helped prevent severe wildfires in Colorado. In California, however, the prolonged drought and lack of sufficient recent precipitation has led to dangerous conditions for wildfires. Near Los Angeles, a wildfire started below a voltage tower and quickly spread. As of press time Tuesday afternoon, the Saddleridge Fire burned nearly 8,300 acres and was 45 percent contained, according to an update posted by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection on Facebook. To help California firefighters battle the flames, the Telluride Fire Protection District (TFPD) recently sent three members to the Golden State. The three firefighters are part of Telluride’s seasonal task force, which was established in May 2018.
Telluride Daily Planet

Several structures caught fire in Moffat, at least three homes destroyed

Firefighters battled several structure fires in Moffat on Tuesday afternoon and at least three homes were destroyed by the blaze, according to the Saguache County Sheriff’s Office. The Denver Post reported that multiple fire agencies, including the Northern Saguache County Fire Protection District, were fighting the structure fires, which started at about 4:20 p.m., a sheriff’s spokeswoman said. “One home was lost and several are in jeopardy,” the sheriff’s office said. Just before 10 p.m., authorities said three homes were destroyed. There were no reports of injuries and the cause of the fire is under investigation. Moffat is a small town off of Colorado 17 northwest of the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.
KMGH-TV ABC 7 Denver

4 people under investigation after fire in eastern El Paso County

Four people are being investigated and could be facing charges for arson and violating a burn restriction after allegedly causing a grass fire that prompted evacuations Sunday in eastern El Paso County. The El Paso County Sheriff's Office says firefighters and investigators were called to an area near 7200 Soap Weed Road. That's where they found the blaze, which was contained before it crossed Judge Orr Road. Deputies say up to four people were shooting at targets, and at least one of them was an exploding target. Investigators say that's what caused the fire. The investigation is still ongoing, and charges are expected to be filed. The sheriff's office says an old abandoned barn was destroyed in the fire.
KRDO-TV ABC 13 Colorado Springs

Vehicles destroyed in Arapahoe County barn fire

Several vehicles were damaged following a barn fire on South Biloxi Street in Arapahoe County, according to South Metro Fire Rescue (SMFR). The agency responded to the barn at 5259 S. Biloxi unincorporated Arapahoe County just before 11 p.m. Monday night. Several motorcycles, a car, hay, and a skid loader were inside the barn, according to SMFR. No animals were in it and no injuries were reported the agency said. Crews maintained a defensive position and fought the fire from outside. There was no fire hydrant nearby, so crews had to drive their tender truck to the nearest hydrant and then haul the water back and fill a portable tank. Firefighters also had to put out several small grass fires that were started as a result of the barn fire.
KUSA-TV NBC 9 Denver

Update: Transient man arrested for setting fire to Longmont church

Police in Longmont announced that an arrest was made in connection to a church fire that caused more than $5,000 in damage. Cassidy Cole Moroney, 34, was arrested Tuesday evening and booked on first degree arson charges, police said. Police allege Moroney, who they say is a transient, set fire to the Central Longmont Presbyterian Church at 402 Kimbark Street early Sunday morning. Firefighters responded to the church about 5:40 a.m. and worked to contain the fire, saving the building from significant damage, police said. Investigators say Moroney broke a window in a door at the church and used an accelerant to start the fire. On Sunday, authorities released surveillance camera stills of a man they called a suspect at the time. However, investigators have not said if that man was Moroney.
KMGH-TV ABC 7 Denver

Ouray County crews respond to fire near Cow Creek

Fire crews from around Ouray County are responding this morning to a wildfire that ignited in the Cimarrons east of Ridgway. Ouray County Emergency Manager Glenn Boyd said a group of hunters reported the fire burning this morning near the Stealey Mountain trailhead off County Road 12. The fire is likely burning on U.S. Forest Service land. The road has been closed five miles up County Road 12 from U.S. Highway 550. Boyd said he doesn't yet know the size or cause of the fire, but that fire crews from the Bureau of Land Management, Ridgway, Ouray and Log Hill are responding. He said he first learned about the fire around 6:30 a.m. "We're requesting some aerial support to get eyes on it," he said. As of now, no injuries have been reported, he said. Boyd said the best thing citizens can do is to stay clear of the fire and not call 911. "We're aware of (the fire) and we don't need the 911 lines tied up," he said.

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