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Tuesday, May 24, 2022

El Paso and Teller County Officials urge more to join county emergency alert system

After several fires around El Paso and Teller counties the past few weeks, emergency management leaders are stressing the importance of local alerts and signing up for them. El Paso county commissioners, the Pikes Peak Office of emergency management director and members from the El Paso-Teller County 911 Authority said not enough people are signed up for Peak Alerts and that is alarming especially going into the height of fire season. Peak Alerts are notifications sent by public safety agencies in El Paso and Teller Counties to alert you of emergency situations that are a threat to life or property. Officials said only 10% of the county’s population is signed up for the notification system and they need more people to get involved.
KXRM-TV FOX 21 Colorado Springs

Simms fire near Ouray may have been sparked by prescribed burn

U.S. Forest Service officials over the weekend acknowledged that a prescribed burn near Ouray could have sparked the Simms fire that has burned 313 acres and destroyed one home. Angry residents, in a Saturday town hall meeting streamed on Facebook, confronted fire officials over the decision to conduct the fire mitigation operation during extremely dry and windy conditions. “After all these red flag warnings, why? Why did you set the fire in the first place?” one resident asked. Others told county officials that they called dispatch over and over last week to report smoke and flames. Fire officials said they had personnel patrolling the area, but left just before the flames sparked Thursday.
Denver Post

Full-Sized Semi Carrying Carrots Lights On Fire Near Floyd Hill

Fire officials worked for hours Saturday morning and afternoon along Interstate 70 to get a fire out that started on a full-size semi truck carrying carrots. “A good chunk of the carrots burned. Bugs Bunny will not be happy today,” said Stacee Martin, assistant chief of Evergreen Fire Rescue, one of two fire companies responding to the scene and four agencies. “It was a little challenging to get to it just because it was a refrigerated truck so it took a little extra time to access where the fire was.” The fire was on the eastbound side of I-70 near mile marker 248. Colorado State Patrol Trooper Gary Cutler said the full 72-foot trailer of the truck was a total loss. They were able to salvage the cab of the truck. He said the fire began early in the day.
KCNC-TV CBS 4 Denver

Monday, May 23, 2022

Three structures lost in Simms Fire burning southwest of Montrose

Three structures have been lost in the Simms Fire burning 15 miles southwest of Montrose, the U.S. Forest Service said in a Friday evening update. The fire is 373 acres and 90% contained as of 10 p.m. Sunday. It was first reported at 4:25 p.m Thursday, and its cause is under investigation. Most evacuation orders have been lifted, except for those in the Wildcat Canyon Drainage area. According to the Forest Service, the Simms Fire traveled into a previous Bureau of Land Management prescribed fire treatment, which helped slow down the fire and reduce its intensity. Friday's weather, which included snow, also helped firefighters.
KMGH-TV ABC 7 Denver

Two killed in plane crash in Broomfield

Police and fire crews are responding to a single-engine plane crash in Broomfield. Broomfield Police tweeted out that a single-engine plane crashed in the Anthem Ranch neighborhood near Lowell Boulevard and Las Brisas Drive. North Metro Fire is on scene. North Metro Fire has confirmed there were no survivors of the crash and two people were killed. No bystanders were injured and no homes were damaged. The intersection of Las Brias Drive and Anthem Ranch will be closed for several hours due to the investigation. Officers are asking everyone to avoid the area. The National Transportation Safety Board is headed to the scene to investigate the crash. The Anthem Ranch neighborhood resides just south of the Erie Municipal Airport. Nearly two weeks ago, police responded to another plane crash in Jefferson County that killed one.
KDVR-TV FOX 31 Denver

Spring Creek Fire burn scar in La Veta Pass shows how community, land are recovering

VIDEO: Friday, a KRDO crew was part of a private tour of the worst area damaged by the 2018 Spring Creek Fire in La Veta Pass. That 108,000-acre fire burned thousands of trees, destroyed 141 homes and led to an aftermath of flooding and erosion in western Huerfano and eastern Costilla counties. Highway 160 through the pass was closed for several weeks during the fire. KRDO surveyed the burn scar in Forbes Park, a community managed by a landowners association since 1977 that is south of Highway 160 between La Veta and Fort Garland. The community covers over 13,000 acres and has more than 3,300 lots; most of the homes destroyed by the fire were located there. One of the victims was Cody Siebert, who is part of the Spanish Peaks Alliance for Wildfire Protection that organized the tour involving around two dozen people from the area.
KRDO-TV ABC 13 Colorado Springs

Crews make progress on Plumtaw Fire north of Pagosa Springs

According to an update on Sunday from the Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office, the lines of the Plumtaw Fire – burning just a few miles north of Pagosa Springs – have continued to hold. The fire sparked last week, prompting evacuations. Crews also announced they’d gained 33% containment on the fire, which is burning 721 acres (a lower acreage than in previous reports thanks to more accurate mapping, per ACSO). Current priorities include: – To utilize risk management to reduce risks to the public and to firefighters. – To protect the Lost Valley of the San Juans subdivision and critical infrastructure, including the Fourmile Creek watershed, water intake, private lands, and additional infrastructure. Firefighters are still very active in the area, working to prevent the fire from spreading and mopping up hot spots as they go.
KXRM-TV FOX 21 Colorado Springs

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