wildfires http://krcc.org en Smoke, Haze in Southern Colorado Due to Out-of-State Fires http://krcc.org/post/smoke-haze-southern-colorado-due-out-state-fires <p>Smoke and haze has moved into Colorado from fires in Arizona.&nbsp;</p><p></p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Smoke from fires in Arizona have made it into southeast Colorado, causing reduced visibility this morning.</p>— NWS Pueblo (@NWSPueblo) <a href="https://twitter.com/NWSPueblo/statuses/478509091812552704">June 16, 2014</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p></p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 15:10:04 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 20565 at http://krcc.org Smoke, Haze in Southern Colorado Due to Out-of-State Fires Broadmoor Bluffs Takes Part in Evacuation Drill http://krcc.org/post/broadmoor-bluffs-takes-part-evacuation-drill <p>Colorado Springs officials held a neighborhood evacuation drill for residents of Broadmoor Bluffs over the weekend.&nbsp; Fire officials say that neighborhood has stepped up mitigation efforts in the past year and a half, but because of topography, the amount of fuels, and housing density, Broadmoor Bluffs is one of the highest risk neighborhoods in the city’s wildland urban interface.&nbsp; KRCC News embedded with first responders and a family that chose to participate in the drill.&nbsp; We start with reporter Kate Dunn.</p><p></p><p></p><p><strong>Residential</strong></p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 13:35:00 +0000 Andrea Chalfin, Kate Dunn, Maggie Spencer & Martha Perez-Sanz 10256 at http://krcc.org Broadmoor Bluffs Takes Part in Evacuation Drill Wildfire Committee Meets http://krcc.org/post/wildfire-committee-meets <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 fire fighters say the state needs to make major changes in order to protect the public from increasingly devastating wildfires. As Bente Birkeland reports, state lawmakers are hoping to tackle the issue during the next legislative session.</span></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 18:14:05 +0000 Bente Birkeland 9059 at http://krcc.org Wildfire Committee Meets Who Pays? Breaking Down the Red Canyon Fire and its $1 Million Price Tag http://krcc.org/post/who-pays-breaking-down-red-canyon-fire-and-its-1-million-price-tag <p></p><p></p><p>Once again this summer, the Western United States saw plenty of forest fires. Some continue to burn. When the flames are extinguished, the dollar signs emerge, and states handle fire suppression costs differently. In Colorado, it depends on what kind of land is burning and how big the blaze is.</p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 13:33:00 +0000 Marci Krivonen 8153 at http://krcc.org Who Pays? Breaking Down the Red Canyon Fire and its $1 Million Price Tag Red Canyon Fire Grows on the Western Slope http://krcc.org/post/red-canyon-fire-grows-western-slope <p></p><p></p><p>While Manitou Springs continues its cleanup process after recent flooding, the Western Slope is dealing with issues of its own.&nbsp; Strong winds yesterday whipped up flames on a wildfire burning south of Glenwood Springs. The Red Canyon Fire grew to 350 acres and mandatory evacuations forced 15 families from their homes. The fire is burning in rugged terrain, in a Pinyon/Juniper forest. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen was with firefighters when the blaze blew up and started creeping toward them. She filed this report.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 13:35:00 +0000 Marci Krivonen 7121 at http://krcc.org Red Canyon Fire Grows on the Western Slope Disaster Declarations for Royal Gorge, Black Forest Fires http://krcc.org/post/disaster-declarations-royal-gorge-black-forest-fires <p></p><p>The federal government has approved a major disaster declaration for the Royal Gorge Fire in Fremont County.&nbsp; The declaration means federal aid is available to deal with the effects, including unemployment benefits for Royal Gorge Bridge &amp; Park employees and others who are out of work after this summer’s wildfire, who aren’t otherwise eligible for state jobless benefits.&nbsp; Aid is also available for emergency work and the repair or replacement of damaged facilities. Governor John Hickenlooper’s office says a similar request for the Black Forest Fire is pending.</p><p></p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 23:01:57 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 6257 at http://krcc.org Disaster Declarations for Royal Gorge, Black Forest Fires Partnership Seeks to Protect Watersheds from Fire Risks http://krcc.org/post/partnership-seeks-protect-watersheds-fire-risks <p>The Obama administration launched an initiative Friday aimed at reducing the risk of wildfire to water supplies in the West. As KUNC's Grace Hood reports, Colorado will be one of six states to see pilot projects.</p><p></p><p>Flows of ash and debris into streams after a wildfire can be damaging to the local water supply. Aiming to mitigate this problem, the US Departments of Agriculture and Interior signed a memorandum of understanding Friday. USDA Chief Tom Vilsack:</p> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 23:02:38 +0000 Grace Hood & Andrea Chalfin 5919 at http://krcc.org Partnership Seeks to Protect Watersheds from Fire Risks Applications for State Wildfire Mitigation Funds Due Tomorrow http://krcc.org/post/applications-state-wildfire-mitigation-funds-due-tomorrow <p></p><p><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 24px; ">Applications are due tomorrow for state money to help with wildfire mitigation projects. As </span>KRCC’s<span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 24px; "> Andrea </span>Chalfin<span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 24px; "> reports, there are other goals for the grant program as well.</span></p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 21:56:30 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 5737 at http://krcc.org Applications for State Wildfire Mitigation Funds Due Tomorrow Insurance Estimates Near $300 Million for Black Forest Fire http://krcc.org/post/insurance-estimates-near-300-million-black-forest-fire <p></p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 14:50:30 +0000 Grace Hood 5703 at http://krcc.org Insurance Estimates Near $300 Million for Black Forest Fire Pipeline Fire on Fisher's Peak http://krcc.org/post/pipeline-fire-fishers-peak <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; line-height: 24px; ">The Pipeline Fire on Fisher’s Peak started yesterday and is burning in steep, rocky terrain. Multiple units responded from in and around the Trinidad region, but officials say it’s been difficult to access the fire. The active fire has shown extreme activity on the entire perimeter of the blaze, though no evacuations have been ordered.</p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 12:07:39 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 5385 at http://krcc.org Pipeline Fire on Fisher's Peak 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