wildfire http://krcc.org en Eightmile Fire Contained http://krcc.org/post/eightmile-fire-contained <p></p><p></p><p>The majority of crews battling the Eightmile fire are being released today.&nbsp;KRCC’s Dana Cronin reports.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Fire officials say due to cooperative weather, the lightning-caused blaze is now 65% contained, with the remaining perimeter located in inaccessible terrain. One fire crew, two engines, and a helicopter will remain with the fire, which spans over 500 acres. There’s been one heat related injury. Phantom Canyon Road between mile markers 4 and 12 remains closed.</span></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 18:34:31 +0000 Dana Cronin 21363 at http://krcc.org Eightmile Fire Contained Firefighters Battle Eightmile Fire in Fremont County http://krcc.org/post/firefighters-battle-eightmile-fire-fremont-county <p></p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 22:45:40 +0000 Tucker Hampson & Andrea Chalfin 21268 at http://krcc.org Firefighters Battle Eightmile Fire in Fremont County Wildfire Mitigation Grants Available http://krcc.org/post/wildfire-mitigation-grants-available <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Colorado Department of Natural Resources is offering $3.9 million in grants to help reduce the risk of wildfire.&nbsp;</span>KRCC’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Tucker </span>Hampson<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reports.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 20:40:07 +0000 Tucker Hampson 20110 at http://krcc.org Wildfire Mitigation Grants Available Black Forest Fire: Lessons Applied, Lessons Learned, Cause Undetermined http://krcc.org/post/black-forest-fire-lessons-applied-lessons-learned-cause-undetermined <p><br />The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office released a report looking at the response to the Black Forest Fire Tuesday, nearly one year to the day after the devastating fire began.&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;</p><p></p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 23:39:44 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 20316 at http://krcc.org Black Forest Fire: Lessons Applied, Lessons Learned, Cause Undetermined New Estimates Show Black Forest Fire as 2nd Most Costly in CO http://krcc.org/post/new-estimates-show-black-forest-fire-2nd-most-costly-co <p><br />Next Wednesday marks the one-year anniversary since the start of the massive Black Forest Fire. The blaze scorched over 14,000 acres, destroyed around 500 homes and killed two people.<br /><br />The non-profit Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association says after revised estimates of loss, the fire is now the second-costliest wildfire in state history.<br /><br />RMIAA director Carole Walker says the initial estimate of $292 million has been increased to $420 million dollars in losses.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 20:05:42 +0000 Nathan Heffel & KUNC 20152 at http://krcc.org New Estimates Show Black Forest Fire as 2nd Most Costly in CO US Forest Service Extends Waldo Canyon Closure http://krcc.org/post/us-forest-service-extends-waldo-canyon-closure <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Forest Service land closed due to the Waldo Canyon Fire will remain restricted for some time. </span>KRCC’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Tucker </span>Hampson<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;reports.</span></p><p></p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 23:28:54 +0000 Tucker Hampson 19933 at http://krcc.org US Forest Service Extends Waldo Canyon Closure Wildfire in Huerfano County Prompts Evacuations http://krcc.org/post/wildfire-huerfano-county-prompts-evacuations <p><strong>UPDATE (Monday, 06/02 8:00 PM): &nbsp;</strong>All evacuation orders have been lifted; the fire is 100% contained. Mop up will continue and the area will be monitored over the next several days.</p><p><strong>UPDATE (Monday, 06/02 11:45 AM):&nbsp;</strong>Huerfano County Emergency Dispatch says residents north of Twin Ridge Dr. on Four Mile Canyon Road to CR 312 may return. &nbsp;Residents south of Twin Ridge Dr. on Four Mile Canyon Rd. are still under an evacuation notice. &nbsp;The fire is 80% contained, with a burn area of 15 acres.</p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 02:00:16 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 19907 at http://krcc.org Wildfire in Huerfano County Prompts Evacuations Upper Monument Creek Mitigation Informational Meetings http://krcc.org/post/upper-monument-creek-mitigation-informational-meetings <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Area residents looking for more information on a planned wildfire mitigation project in the Upper Monument Creek area are invited to public meetings.&nbsp;</span>KRCC’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Tucker </span>Hampson<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reports.</span></p><p></p><p>The proposed mitigation project on the Pike and San Isabel National Forests looks to treat about 25,000 acres of land in El Paso, Douglas, and Teller counties.</p> Tue, 27 May 2014 22:45:09 +0000 Tucker Hampson 19678 at http://krcc.org Upper Monument Creek Mitigation Informational Meetings Wildfire Prevention Proposal Likely to Fail http://krcc.org/post/wildfire-prevention-proposal-likely-fail <p>One of the key wildfire prevention measures of this year’s legislative session is in jeopardy of failing. The proposal has cleared the house, but as Bente Birkeland reports it faces new opposition in the senate.<br />&nbsp;</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 13:06:00 +0000 Bente Birkeland 18509 at http://krcc.org Wildfire Prevention Proposal Likely to Fail State Senate Adds Money for Aerial Firefighting Fleet http://krcc.org/post/state-senate-adds-money-aerial-firefighting-fleet <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 0, 102); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, Geneva, geneva, arial, helvetica, sans-serif, veranda, Veranda; font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px;">Colorado’s $23 million budget is nearing the end of its legislative journey after floor debate in the senate Thursday. As Bente Birkeland reports, the senate made one noteworthy change to the house’s version.</span><br />&nbsp;</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 04:45:19 +0000 Bente Birkeland 17224 at http://krcc.org State Senate Adds Money for Aerial Firefighting Fleet Manitou Springs Community Forum on Disaster Preparedness http://krcc.org/post/manitou-springs-community-forum-disaster-preparedness <p>Manitou Springs officials are inviting residents to a community forum Saturday to talk about disaster preparation.&nbsp; KRCC’s Rachel Gonchar has more.<br />&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Mayor Marc Snyder, Police Chief Joe </span>Ribeiro<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and City Administrator Jack Benson will deliver progress updates on fire and flood mitigation projects.</span></p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 03:50:44 +0000 Rachel Gonchar 17222 at http://krcc.org Manitou Springs Community Forum on Disaster Preparedness Budget May Douse State Aerial Firefighting Fleet http://krcc.org/post/budget-may-douse-state-aerial-firefighting-fleet Lawmakers on Colorado’s powerful joint budget committee are skeptical about finding money for an aerial firefighting fleet for the upcoming wildfire season. A report from the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control recommends spending $33 million on spotter planes, small air tankers, helicopters, and leasing large air tankers for wildfire season.<p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 20:50:26 +0000 Bente Birkeland 17157 at http://krcc.org Budget May Douse State Aerial Firefighting Fleet Disaster Relief On The Docket At The State Capitol http://krcc.org/post/disaster-relief-docket-state-capitol The annual legislative session is typically marked with plenty of partisanship – but this year lawmakers in both parties are working together on flood relief bills. As dozens of natural disaster bills are making their way in the statehouse, some of the more significant policies are stalled.<p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 01:16:41 +0000 Bente Birkeland 16210 at http://krcc.org Disaster Relief On The Docket At The State Capitol Wildfire Legislative Proposals http://krcc.org/post/wildfire-legislative-proposals <p>Helping prevent and fight wildfires is one of the top priorities for Colorado lawmakers in both parties this session. But so far, substantial policy changes recommended by the Governor’s wildfire task force are being rejected. As Bente&nbsp;Birkeland reports, the current package of legislative proposals is not nearly as aggressive as some would like.<br />&nbsp;</p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 14:44:53 +0000 Bente Birkeland 14333 at http://krcc.org Wildfire Legislative Proposals Wildfire Measures Rolled Out http://krcc.org/post/wildfire-measures-rolled-out <p>Lawmakers and Governor Hickenlooper are touting a package of bills they say will help prevent and fight wildfires. Most of the measures stem from an interim committee that met in the off session. Bente Birkeland has more at the state capitol.<br />&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 15:29:04 +0000 Bente Birkeland 14226 at http://krcc.org Wildfire Measures Rolled Out Sheriff Disputes Claims Black Forest Fire was Intentionally Set http://krcc.org/post/sheriff-disputes-claims-black-forest-fire-was-intentionally-set <p></p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 14:32:50 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 11687 at http://krcc.org Sheriff Disputes Claims Black Forest Fire was Intentionally Set Wildfire Committee Crafts Legislation http://krcc.org/post/wildfire-committee-crafts-legislation <p></p><p>A new state committee tasked with studying wildfire issues has wrapped up its work. The bi-partisan group of lawmakers is recommending a tax credit to encourage people to mitigate fire risks and a proposal to give individual counties more authority to cut down hazardous trees. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.</p><p><br /><p><br /></p></p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 16:35:53 +0000 Bente Birkeland 10822 at http://krcc.org Wildfire Committee Crafts Legislation Huerfano County Looks to Establish Volunteer Team http://krcc.org/post/huerfano-county-looks-establish-volunteer-team <p></p><p>Despite the numbers of people who stepped in to volunteer during this summers East Peak Fire, Huerfano County is looking to be better prepared when it comes to organizing volunteers.&nbsp; As KRCC’s Kate Dunn reports, the county wants to set up a pre-established a team that would be ready in the event of any disaster.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The call went out in early September for 20 to 25 people to help fill the Community Emergency Response Team, but Huerfano County’s emergency Manager, Diego Bobian says recruitment has been slow.</p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 13:15:00 +0000 Kate Dunn 10418 at http://krcc.org Huerfano County Looks to Establish Volunteer Team