COLORADO SPRINGS - On a 6-2 vote Tuesday, the Colorado Springs City Council passed stricter fire codes for any new homes built in the foothills of Colorado Springs. Smoke alarms, sprinkler systems and fire resistant Class A roofing materials are now required.
Wooded siding and shake shingles are prohibited... more »
Sunday was a time of recovery for a community devastated by the Waldo Canyon Fire. Mountain Shadows homeowners used to looking at a burned-out shell of what was once a neighborhood now view a work in progress, healing at the hands of strangers determined to lift that reminder of loss.... more »
For the last few days, victims of the Waldo Canyon fire have been sifting through the remains of their homes to find anything salvageable. Now, they have help in their search.
Samaritan's Purse, a disaster relief group that travels the country, gathered about a hundred volunteers to aid in... more »
As people return to the Mountain Shadows area-- ravaged by the Waldo Canyon fire-- many are sifting through the rubble of their homes, trying to find anything salvageable. For one family, picking up the pieces isn't what makes them whole.
The Hillman family spent Friday afternoon rummaging through ash,... more »
As more evacuees return home, crews are putting in long hours to make sure the utilities are safely restored. Hundreds of workers with Colorado Springs Utilities and Xcel Energy have been going door-to-door in the Mountain Shadows neighborhood restoring natural gas service to homes.
Regulations require workers to access... more »
Street by street though the Mountain Shadows neighborhood last Tuesday Colorado Springs Fire Department audio video specialist Steve Schopper recorded the unimaginable.
"There were certain streets that I was uncomfortable going through, you're seeing smoke and fire going across the street, I'm not exactly sure where it turns to... more »
It's the fear of the unknown that hurts many evacuees, and for those in the neighborhood of Pinon Valley, returning home brought a mix of emotions.
They're breathing a sigh of relief, but they're grieving for their friends in Mountain Shadows.
"It never crossed my mind that something... more »
Colorado Springs officials say they'll be holding a press conference at 2 p.m. to discuss plans for a homeowner bus tour of the Mountain Shadows neighborhood. Updates will come on KOAA.com as we get more information. more »
Like many evacuees, Susan Solich has been living out of boxes since the waldo canyon fire first erupted Saturday.
"Sunday we went back just to grab a few things and to water my plants on the off chance that there would be still plants and it was just burning,... more »