Weather conditions are making it challenging for firefighters to battle the Springer Fire five miles southwest of Lake George. The burn area is just shy of 1000 acres, but has more than doubled in size since this morning. Fire Information Officer Bob Deyerberg says the fire started under difficult conditions.

As you know, Colorado is in one of its worst draughts in ten years. This ignition happened under a high wind period with very low fuel moistures, low humidity, took off quite a bit. We’ve been hitting it hard with resources, but our intention is to put all the effort into it as possible to develop containment and suppression.

Deyerberg says they expect the number of personnel fighting the fire to increase from 250 to 450 by morning. As of mid-afternoon, no structures have been damaged and no injuries reported. Mandatory evacuations remain in place and the cause remains under investigation. Officials plan to hold a brief community meeting tonight at 7 at Woodland Park High School.

Meanwhile, authorities say three more homes may have burned in the Larimer County wildfire that has already destroyed at least 181 others…

Five inmates of a Supermax prison in Colorado who say solitary confinement is making their mental illness worse have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

 

Comments are closed.

News

October 19, 2014 | NPR · The newspaper’s heartfelt column about a political cartoon that was widely criticized as racist raises a question: Did editors learn the right lessons from the uproar?
 

October 19, 2014 | NPR · The 30-person team is designed to be deployed nationally in case anyone else in the country is diagnosed with Ebola. The team would provide medical assistance to hospitals.
 

AP
October 19, 2014 | NPR · Suni, a 34-year-old northern white rhino, was the first to be born in captivity and only one of two breeding males known to exist.
 

Arts & Life

October 19, 2014 | NPR · In her new book The Lives of Muhammad, Boston University professor Kecia Ali discusses the different ways that Muslim and non-Muslim biographers have depicted the prophet over the centuries.
 

Courtesy of Geena Davis
October 19, 2014 | NPR · Geena Davis has played unforgettable roles in movies like Beetlejuice and A League Of Their Own. But before her acting debut in Tootsie, she worked at a clothing store in window displays.
 

October 19, 2014 | NPR · The newspaper’s heartfelt column about a political cartoon that was widely criticized as racist raises a question: Did editors learn the right lessons from the uproar?
 

Music

Courtesy of the artist
October 19, 2014 | NPR · With its roots in punk and heartland rock, LP3 is a rattling, unpinnable record that doesn’t know when to stop baring its soul.
 

Courtesy of the artist
October 19, 2014 | NPR · Lily and Madeleine Jurkiewicz spend their second album feeling and defining the contours of each other’s voices, trading verses, lines and leads. They call it “blood harmony,” which about sums it up.
 

Courtesy of the artist
October 19, 2014 | NPR · The singer, formerly known as Cat Stevens, tackles weighty existential questions by looking backward, using the blues to unlock buried memories.
 

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac

Radiolab