What you need to know as an All County® tenant.
High winds and drought create fire danger inside the city
Three separate fires in Colorado Springs and one in Teller County forced evacuations, burned eight homes and killed one on Thursday, May 12th, 2022, showing fire danger is a real threat in Colorado Springs.
You need to know what to prepare for in the future. Tenants should sign up for Peak Alerts, make an evacuation plan, and call our emergency line when evacuated. Peak Alerts will keep you updated, and send you notifications when you need to prepare for evacuation. This is another great reason to buy renter’s insurance!
City Council proposes ordinance to create evacuation zones in the city
Colorado Springs City Council is considering an ordinance that would revise city code to create a written emergency evacuation plan for the entire city. This clearly shows the expectation that high fire danger will continue and even increase in Colorado.
The proposed ordinance would divide the city into evacuation zones to help with evacuation zones, routes, and traffic. The evacuation zones would be developed by taking into consideration, natural topography, existing neighborhoods, and major roads. The fire department would notify the community of the existing boundaries of the evacuation zones and any changes to the evacuation zones.
Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency Management, Colorado Springs Fire Department, and Colorado Springs Police Department are creating the All Hazards Evacuation Plan to use in case of wildfire, tornadoes, and floods. Emergency planning, procedures, and evacuation operations will be within the plan.
Deputy’s vehicle causes Alturas fire in Security-Widefield
Fire crews were called to Milton E. Proby Parkway and Powers Boulevard. About 50 homes were evacuated. A shelter-in-place alert was issued for the airport that impacted apx. 200 people. About 100 firefighters, 28 deputies and 63 officers from CSPD assisted with battling the blaze and evacuations. No structures were lost or damaged.
8 homes destroyed and 1 killed in Skylark fire
The fire was reported in a neighborhood near Pulpit Rock at the Skylark Mobile Home Park. Propane tanks caused flames to reach up to 50 feet, and eight mobile homes were destroyed. Evacuation orders were expected to remain in place overnight. The cause remains under investigation. The body of a woman was found at the Skylark Mobile Home Park on Friday.
High Park Fire in Teller County threatens Lakemore neighborhood
Evacuations remain in effect Friday as firefighters continue to battle a 400-plus-acre blaze in Teller County. Smoke poured over Pikes Peak into Colorado Springs as the fire gobbled up acreage on both county and Bureau of Land Management land about 5.5 miles west of Cripple Creek.
Smoldering fire pit causes Ackerman fire
Sparking before noon on the northeast side near Stetson Hills Boulevard and Anna Lee Way, the fire scorched an estimated 30 acres. It damaged fences and about 20 homes, but no structures were lost. About 1,000 people were evacuated. Multiple people were treated on scene for smoke exposure. Investigators believe the fire was started by smoldering ashes from a fire pit.
During drought and high winds, fire danger is very real. Fire danger is a real threat in Colorado Springs. Remember: You need to know what to prepare for in the future. Tenants should sign up for Peak Alerts, make an evacuation plan, and call our emergency line when evacuated. Peak Alerts will keep you updated, and send you notifications when you need to prepare for evacuation. This is another great reason to buy renter’s insurance!