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  • Federal investigators called in as Colorado firefighters make progress

    06/17/2013 5:44:28 AM PDT · by Innovative · 11 replies
    CNN ^ | June 17, 2013 | Ed Payne and George Howell
    As hundreds of firefighters began to get the upper hand on a huge blaze near Colorado Springs, Colorado, investigators stepped up their probe into the cause of the most destructive wildfire in the state's history. The 16,000-acre Black Forest Fire, which was 65% contained Sunday, is now considered a crime scene, according to El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa... No explanation was given for the crime scene designation.
  • A 'shocking' 360 homes 'complete losses' as fight resumes in Black Forest fire (Colorado)

    06/13/2013 9:26:09 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 81 replies
    Colorado Springs Gazette ^ | June 13, 2013 | Gazette staff
    El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa says at least 360 homes are complete losses -- numbers he calls "shocking" -- and another 14 are damaged as firefighters prepare to face another "red flag" day fighting the Black Forest fire. The destruction of homes ranks the Black Forest fire as the worst wildfire in Colorado history, surpassing the 347 homes destroyed by the Waldo Canyon fire last June in the Mountain Shadows neighborhood of Colorado Springs. It also ranks atop the list for most forced evacuations. Maketa said 38,000 people have been forced from their homes by the Black Forest fire,...
  • Black Forest Fire: I-25 impacted by more evacuations; 360 homes & 15,000 acres burned

    06/13/2013 3:14:33 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 43 replies
    7 News the Denver Channel ^ | 06/13/13 | unknown
    EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. - Colorado's most destructive fire continues to roar through the heavily wooded neighborhoods in Black Forest, and is heading toward the city of Colorado Springs, prompting officials yet again to expand the mandatory evacuation zone Thursday afternoon, now to include parts of the city of Colorado Springs. The newest evacuations impact 1,020 homes and 3,000 people. Officials say University of Colorado at Colorado Springs will open as a shelter for evacuees within the hour. The Colorado State Patrol also said at 2:30 p.m. that through traffic on northbound and southbound Interstate 25 from Interquest Parkway to...
  • WALDO CANYON FIRE: 98 percent contained, flooding a concern [Lib Environmental policies to blame]

    07/07/2012 5:44:39 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 2 replies ^ | 7/7/12 | RYAN MAYE HANDY
    Two weeks after smoke from the nearly-contained Waldo Canyon fire first billowed from the canyons behind Cedar Heights, Colorado Springs is transitioning into the next phase of the disaster: the aftermath... ... burn scars could heighten flash flood potential for years to come, according to the Manitou Springs city officials. Some fire crews spent recent days terracing the hillsides with water bars —large trenches dug into the earth to catch flood waters.
  • Colorado Springs Residents Return Home to Destruction, Looters (24 homes looted)

    07/02/2012 6:54:54 PM PDT · by dragnet2 · 50 replies ^ | 7/2/2012 | Todd Rigney ·
    Colorado Springs residents, many of whom have been away from their homes for several days, were allowed to return to what remained of their houses on Sunday. The wildfires, which are being called the most destructive of its kind in Colorado history, forced thousands of people to evacuate the city as it blazed a 17,659 acre trail across the state. At last count, 346 homes and communities were laid to waste as a result. Sadly, sifting through the rubble might be the least of their concerns at the moment. Bears and other wildlife have been spotted in these deserted neighborhoods...
  • Democrats' New Motto: Never Let a Wildfire Go to Waste

    07/01/2012 12:03:42 PM PDT · by IbJensen · 9 replies
    Town Hall ^ | 6/29/2012 | Michelle Malkin
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Did you know that President Obama has been incommunicado with Colorado's governor for more than two weeks as the nation's worst wildfires rage across the state? Maybe he thought we were all "doing fine." After an embarrassing Beltway press briefing revelation about our out-of-touch White House, the administration finally decided to divert the campaigner in chief from his nationwide fundraising frenzy for a quick look-see at our devastated city on Friday. It's "leadership from behind" you can count on. On Wednesday, press secretary Jay Carney acknowledged that Obama hadn't talked to Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper in...
  • Colorado city looks to Obama for aid as fire turns deadly

    06/29/2012 11:15:47 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    CNN ^ | June 29, 2012 | By Moni Basu and Chelsea J. Carter
    Friday brought sad news to Colorado Springs: A monster wildfire that raged nearby and came roaring down a mountain has turned deadly. Authorities discovered a charred body in a house consumed by flames. One other person was missing. But Friday also brought some relief. The fire, raging since last weekend, had been growing steadily, fueled by hot, arid conditions and winds that gusted at 65 miles per hour. There was relief, too, in knowing that President Barack Obama was on his way to Colorado to visit fire-affected areas. He was scheduled to arrive around noon, local time. Colorado Springs Mayor...
  • BREAKING: 50 well pads in the path of Pine Ridge Fire

    06/28/2012 8:47:17 PM PDT · by GSWarrior · 17 replies
    NBC11News ^ | 6/28/12 | staff
    It was a standing room only crowd at the Community Center in De Beque Thursday night as nervous residents learned how to protect their property from the advancing Pine Ridge wildfire.
  • "Monster" Colorado wildfire rages; Obama plans visit

    06/27/2012 7:20:51 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 70 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 27, 2012 | Keith Coffman
    (Reuters) - Firefighters struggled on Wednesday to beat back a fiercely aggressive wildfire raging at the edge of Colorado Springs that has forced at least 35,000 people from their homes and was nipping at the edges of the U.S. Air Force Academy. The so-called Waldo Canyon Fire, fanned by gusting winds, has gutted an unknown number of homes on the wooded fringes of Colorado's second-most populous city and prompted more evacuations as flames roared out of control for a fifth day. President Barack Obama plans to pay a visit to the area on Friday to view the damage, the White...
  • Colorado Wildfires Threaten Navigators' Camps: ...Glen Eyrie castle free

    06/27/2012 4:39:06 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 15 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | June 26, 2012 | Allison J. Althoff
    Among the Colorado wildfires drawing national attention today, the Waldo Canyon fire in Colorado Springs poses an immediate threat to the Navigators’ Glen Eyrie Conference Center and Eagle Lake Camp properties. The blaze...was only at 5 percent containment... Hundreds of workers are currently on the ground battling the blaze, which has burned down an Eagle Lake tent platform and come dangerously close to its barn, auto shop, and maintenance director’s home. “They’ve been praying God would raise walls of protection around the camp,” said Melissa Anderson, a 24-year-old Glen Eyrie resident and friend of Eagle Lake’s maintenance directors. “Apparently, the...
  • President Obama to tour Waldo Canyon Fire Friday

    06/27/2012 1:58:59 PM PDT · by george76 · 38 replies
    fox 31 Denver ^ | June 27, 2012 | Eli Stokols
    Barack Obama will fly to Colorado Springs Friday to tour the scene of the Waldo Canyon Fire, which continues to ravage homes and forest on the edge of Colorado’s second most populous city. ... Politically, the fire offers Obama a chance to be on the ground in a key swing state assuming the responsibilities of actually being President. Further, with the Supreme Court set to issue its ruling on the Affordable Care Act on Thursday, traveling to the fire lines on Friday offers the President an opportunity to attempt to turn the page should the Court rule part or all...
  • Colorado Burns. Are Obama’s Environmental and Defense Policies to Blame?

    06/27/2012 1:27:48 PM PDT · by Avoiding_Sulla · 21 replies
    The PJ Tatler ^ | June 27th, 2012 | Bryan Preston
    Colorado is suffering wildfires this summer, forcing thousands to evacuate their homes, with our own Stephen Green possibly among them. If Colorado’s experience this year is anything like Texas’ experience last year, then it can expect little to no help from the federal government. But Texas is a red state, Colorado is a swing state, so perhaps there’s hope that Obama won’t quite go Soviet on it as he did on Arizona on Monday. Still, the Obama administration has slashed the US Air Force budget by about $4 billion. Sequestration threatens even more cuts. This is relevant to the wildfires...
  • 32K ordered to flee as Colorado blaze doubles in size; Air Force Academy partially closed

    06/27/2012 8:53:05 AM PDT · by wk4bush2004 · 60 replies
    (CBS/AP) WOODLAND PARK, Colo. - A stubborn and towering wildfire jumped firefighters' perimeter lines and doubled in size in the hills overlooking Colorado Springs, forcing frantic mandatory evacuation notices for more than 9,000 residents, destroying an unknown number of homes and partially closing the grounds of the sprawling U.S. Air Force Academy. Heavy smoke and ash billowed from the mountain foothills west of the city. Bright yellow and orange flames flared in the night, often signaling another home lost to the Waldo Canyon Fire, the No. 1 priority for the nation's firefighters. Interstate 25, which runs through Colorado Springs, was...
  • 'Monster' Colorado fire doubles in size (Video)

    06/27/2012 8:51:13 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 14 replies ^ | June 27,2012 | Miguel Llanos
    Fire crews outside Colorado Springs, Colo., expected more weather trouble on Wednesday in what the local fire chief called a "monster event" that doubled in size overnight and has forced 32,000 people to flee. Heavy smoke made for unhealthy air in and around the city. After jumping fire lines Tuesday, the towering blaze has now burned 24 square miles and an undetermined number of homes. While crews should get a break from the heat, a forecast for thunderstorms could mean unpredictable winds. "This is a fire of epic proportions," Brown said at a briefing Tuesday night. "It was like looking...
  • Obama campaigns and golf while the west burns

    06/27/2012 6:54:10 AM PDT · by Spartan79 · 16 replies
    Back in 2005, the dems and the MSM pilloried Bush and "Brownie" for alleged lackadaisical response to Katrina. The bad optics of Bush being at Crawford during an immense natural disaster caused his approval numbers to plummet, and the dems kept piling on, even as the the administration mounted one of the impressive air rescues in history. Now, the front range is alight and hundreds, maybe thousands of homes are being torched near Colorado Springs and elsewhere in the west while a fleet of air tankers seriously depleted by Odumbo ( struggles to help contain the blazes and, meanwhile, Odumbo...
  • Day 5 of Waldo Canyon Fire evacuation: Blaze engulfs homes/historic ranch; 32k total evacuated;

    06/27/2012 2:48:16 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 18 replies
    Michelle ^ | June 27,2012 | Michelle Malkin
    Yesterday was the most horrific day since the Waldo Canyon Fire outbreak forced thousands of us out of our homes. My family is on Day 5. As I first told you over the weekend, our neighborhood is and remains on mandatory evacuation. Thanks to a compassionate CSPD officer, we were finally able to get the kids’ parakeets out of the house (it’s standing for now). Unfortunately, one of the birds died of smoke inhalation Tuesday afternoon. The kids are crushed. But we are thankful to be alive and grateful for the extraordinary efforts of first responders, police, fire, military, non-profits,...
  • Obama shrunk aerial firefighting fleet (poll)

    06/26/2012 10:42:18 PM PDT · by george76 · 29 replies
    gazette ^ | June 26, 2012
    Green agenda targets slurry bombers As fire rages out of control on the edge of Colorado Springs, threatening lives and property, it is time we listen to those who have warned us about the negative effect environmentalists and President Barack Obama have had on the federal government’s ability to fight fires. Much of what’s burning is the Pike National Forest, which is federal property. Yet it took almost three days to get federal fire fighting aircraft off the ground to begin dumping meaningful loads of slurry to slow the fire’s growth. Because the Forest Service has a shortage of planes,...
  • Colorado fire near Pikes Peak forces 11,000 from homes [BO raising million$ while people suffer]

    06/26/2012 5:58:12 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6/25/12 | Keith Coffman
    A fast-growing wildfire in Colorado forced 11,000 people from their homes at least briefly on Sunday and threatened popular summer camping grounds beneath Pikes Peak, whose vistas helped inspire the patriotic tune "America the Beautiful." Live summit video from the 14,115-foot (4,302-metre) peak showed plumes of dark smoke billowing in the air, and a cog railway that ferries tourists up the side of the famous mountain was shut down because of the wildfires.
  • Raging Colorado wildfire grows near US Air Force Academy

    06/25/2012 6:09:58 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 25,2012 | Keith Coffman
    An out-of-control wildfire near some of Colorado's most visited tourist sites expanded overnight and kept some 6,000 people from their homes on Monday, as forecasts said winds could push the flames toward the U.S. Air Force Academy. The fire sent a mushroom cloud of smoke over Colorado Springs in the shadow of Pikes Peak, whose vistas helped inspire the patriotic tune "America the Beautiful." Closer to the blaze, trees were visibly torquing and twisting from the heat. The Waldo Canyon blaze came as firefighting resources were stretched by the monster High Park blaze northwest of Fort Collins, a university city...
  • Colorado Wildfire May Have Been Intentionally Set

    06/19/2002 12:56:58 AM PDT · by Timesink · 42 replies · 333+ views
    The New York Times ^ | June 19, 2002 | Michael Janofsky
    June 19, 2002 Colorado Wildfire May Have Been Intentionally SetBy MICHAEL JANOFSKY ENVER, June 18 — Federal investigators have concluded that the Forest Service employee charged with starting a fire that has burned more than 100,000 acres in central Colorado set the blaze deliberately and lied when she said she had done so accidentally by burning a letter inside a campfire ring, a senior Forest Service official said today. Associated PressAt Confluence Park in Denver, high winds blew heavy smoke yesterday from the Hayman fire, 35 miles away. The official said investigators had found burned underbrush positioned in such a...