Waldo Canyon Fire http://krcc.org en Mitigation Efforts Helping Ease Impacts of Heavy Rain http://krcc.org/post/mitigation-efforts-helping-ease-impacts-heavy-rain <p>Impacts from rains like Wednesday’s downpour in El Paso County are lessened due to mitigation work that’s taken place. &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">KRCC’s</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Tucker </span>Hampson<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reports.</span><br />&nbsp;</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:59:13 +0000 Tucker Hampson 22110 at http://krcc.org Mitigation Efforts Helping Ease Impacts of Heavy Rain CDOT Installs New Flood Monitoring Equipment in Williams Canyon http://krcc.org/post/cdot-installs-new-flood-monitoring-equipment-williams-canyon <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Williams Canyon is getting new rain-monitoring equipment from the Colorado Department of Transportation and the US Geological Survey.&nbsp;</span>KRCC’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Tucker </span>Hampson<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reports on the installations taking place this week.</span><br />&nbsp;</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 23:01:28 +0000 Tucker Hampson 22039 at http://krcc.org CDOT Installs New Flood Monitoring Equipment in Williams Canyon 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 A Sense of Place, Episode 4: The Fire Isn't Over http://krcc.org/post/sense-place-episode-4-fire-isnt-over-0 <p></p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 16:47:12 +0000 Sarah Stockdale 20027 at http://krcc.org A Sense of Place, Episode 4: The Fire Isn't Over 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 Interview with Manitour Mayor Marc Snyder, Part 2 http://krcc.org/post/interview-manitour-mayor-marc-snyder-part-2 <p></p><p>Last week, <a href="http://krcc.org/post/waldo-burn-scar-mitigation-interview-manitou-mayor-marc-snyder-and-andrea-chalfin">I interviewed Manitou Mayor Marc Snyder and KRCC News Director Andrea Chalfin about mitigation efforts related to the Waldo Canyon burn scar flooding</a>. In this second part of the interview, I speak to Snyder about cleanup efforts and plans for next summer. Tune in tomorrow to hear the final part of the conversation about the future of Recreational Marijuana in Manitou Springs.</p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 22:50:00 +0000 Noel Black 7813 at http://krcc.org Interview with Manitour Mayor Marc Snyder, Part 2 Utilities' Mitigation Work in Northfield Watershed Nearly Complete http://krcc.org/post/utilities-mitigation-work-northfield-watershed-nearly-complete <p><br>Efforts continue all across the Waldo Canyon burn scar to help reduce the effects of flooding.&nbsp; Colorado Springs Utilities expects to wrap up initial work in the Northfield Watershed on Rampart Range within the next month or so.&nbsp; But Project Manager Kim Gortz with Utilities says it’s really an ongoing effort.</p><p><em>"Hayman’s still seeing issues 10 years post-fire, so I think we’re starting in our planning phase as far as what do we do for long-term restoration, what do we do for monitoring each time we have a monsoon season."</em></p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 23:40:53 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 7559 at http://krcc.org Utilities' Mitigation Work in Northfield Watershed Nearly Complete The Ins and Outs of Disaster Photography: An Interview with Bryan Oller http://krcc.org/post/ins-and-outs-disaster-photography-interview-bryan-oller <p></p><p>Local Freelance Photojournalist Bryan Oller took some of the most memorable photos of the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest fires, and he’s been covering the flooding in Manitou. I spoke with him about the challenges of documenting disasters so close to home.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 22:51:26 +0000 Noel Black 7556 at http://krcc.org The Ins and Outs of Disaster Photography: An Interview with Bryan Oller Flood Survivor Tells Harrowing Tale http://krcc.org/post/flood-survivor-tells-harrowing-tale <p></p><p>While Manitou Springs authorities celebrated finding one survivor, another Manitou flood victim, 49-year-old Laura Hunter, told reporters Monday at Penrose Hospital she’s thrilled to be alive. KRCC’s Liz Ruskin reports.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Hunter was in her small cottage in the 500 block of Canon Ave. when water started quickly pouring into her living room.</p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 04:07:14 +0000 Liz Ruskin 7183 at http://krcc.org Flood Survivor Tells Harrowing Tale A Weekend of Flooding and Community in Manitou Springs http://krcc.org/post/weekend-flooding-and-community-manitou-springs <p><iframe align="center" height="450" scroll="none" src="http://sound.krcc.org/slideshow/081213_AC_manitou/" width="525"></iframe></p><p>Flash flood watches and warnings peppered the weekend in the Pikes Peak region, with skies darkening ominously as thunder and rain rolled in each afternoon.&nbsp; Last night’s warning was canceled early, and Highway 24 and Manitou Springs were spared a repeat of Friday’s devastating flooding.</p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 13:33:00 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 7008 at http://krcc.org A Weekend of Flooding and Community in Manitou Springs Flooding in Manitou Springs http://krcc.org/post/flooding-manitou-springs <p>Update: <strong>11:20PM</strong>: &nbsp;The El Paso County Sheriff's Office is reporting the body of an adult man has been found along Highway 24 near mile marker 297. &nbsp;They report the body was buried under a significant amount of debris along the westbound lanes of the highway. &nbsp;No identification is available at this time. &nbsp;&nbsp;<br><br><strong>10:25 PM</strong>: &nbsp;Highway 24 is now reopened, with one lane in each direction. &nbsp;<br> Sat, 10 Aug 2013 03:13:38 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 6958 at http://krcc.org Flooding in Manitou Springs Saturday Sandbag Pickup: Waldo Canyon & Black Forest http://krcc.org/post/saturday-sandbag-pickup-waldo-canyon-black-forest <p></p><p>Sandbags will be available to homeowners facing impacts from potential flash flooding in and near the Waldo Canyon burn scar. &nbsp;They'll be given away free at the Verizon Wireless building on Garden of the Gods Road from 8 - 2 Saturday. The sand comes from last week's Olympic Downtown Celebration and its sand volleyball pit.</p> Sat, 03 Aug 2013 00:01:45 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 6592 at http://krcc.org Saturday Sandbag Pickup: Waldo Canyon & Black Forest Colorado Springs, El Paso County Release Final Flash Flood Risk Analysis Maps http://krcc.org/post/colorado-springs-el-paso-county-release-final-flash-flood-risk-analysis-maps <p>Colorado Springs and El Paso County officials have released updated flood maps for areas in and near the Waldo Canyon burn scar.&nbsp; The maps detail expected flood effects after one-hour rainfall amounts of a half-inch up to two inches of rain.&nbsp; The assessments assumed debris in floodwaters would cause blockages at street crossings.&nbsp; Maps include Ute Pass, Manitou Springs, and Fountain Creek.&nbsp; Douglas Creek maps have not yet been updated.&nbsp; There’s a preparedness meeting tonight at six for residents and businesses along Fountain Creek at Al Kaly Shrine.</p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 23:03:25 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 6140 at http://krcc.org Colorado Springs, El Paso County Release Final Flash Flood Risk Analysis Maps Flooding out of Williams Canyon Considered “Good Test” http://krcc.org/post/flooding-out-williams-canyon-considered-good-test <p><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 24px; ">Forecasters say the storm over the Waldo Canyon burn scar yesterday that produced flash flooding through Williams Canyon was quick-moving and dropped six-tenths of an inch of rain in about 15 minutes. KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin has more.</span></p><p></p><p><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 24px; ">Manitou Springs city officials were quick to praise education efforts and first-responder cooperation, but Police Chief Joe Ribeiro acknowledged the city’s warning siren didn’t work correctly.</span></p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 22:43:04 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 5022 at http://krcc.org Flooding out of Williams Canyon Considered “Good Test” Wildfires and Climate Change Perception http://krcc.org/post/wildfires-and-climate-change-perception <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; line-height: 24px; ">Though wildfires have been definitively connected to climate change, megafires in the West haven’t shifted public opinion as drastically as environmentalists might hope.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; line-height: 24px; ">&nbsp;</p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 13:33:00 +0000 Michelle Mercer 4806 at http://krcc.org Wildfires and Climate Change Perception The Double Bind: Forest Treatment In The Age of Megafires http://krcc.org/post/double-bind-forest-treatment-age-megafires-0 <p></p><p></p><p>The devastating 2002 wildfire season generated public discussion about the need for treatments to fix our dangerously overgrown forests. A decade later, the Front Range has been hit with consecutive record-setting fire seasons, which has a lot of Colorado residents wondering why more of that treatment hasn’t happened. In this story that originally aired in April, KRCC’s Michelle Mercer looks into the status of forest treatment on the Front Range.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 13:33:00 +0000 Michelle Mercer 4731 at http://krcc.org The Double Bind: Forest Treatment In The Age of Megafires The Wildland Urban Interface, Where the Wilderness Meets Civilization http://krcc.org/post/wildland-urban-interface-where-wilderness-meets-civilization <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; line-height: 24px; ">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; line-height: 24px; ">&nbsp;</p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 13:33:00 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 4678 at http://krcc.org The Wildland Urban Interface, Where the Wilderness Meets Civilization Waldo Canyon Fire Victims: Recovering without Rebuilding http://krcc.org/post/waldo-canyon-fire-victims-recovering-without-rebuilding <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The Black Forest Fire destroyed over 500 homes, leaving those homeowners with a difficult decision: should they rebuild? Back in April, KRCC’s Michelle Mercer talked to some Waldo Canyon Fire victims about the tough choices they’ve made.</p><p></p><p><em>Since this piece aired in April, rebuilding permits have trickled in: now 198 permits have been issued, or about 57% of the Waldo Canyon Fire victims.</em></p><p></p> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 21:23:19 +0000 Michelle Mercer 4663 at http://krcc.org Waldo Canyon Fire Victims: Recovering without Rebuilding