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
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
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
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
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
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