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

iStockphoto
November 23, 2014 | NPR · In this installment of our semi-regular Word Watch series, we look at a popular term for the practice of never being on time.
 

Getty Images
November 23, 2014 | NPR · By Monday, Buffalo could see a high temperature of 60. Authorities warned that the quickly-melting snowpack could cause some serious flooding.
 

AP
November 23, 2014 | NPR · The White House is reviewing how it handles hostage crises following the brutal murders of Americans abroad, but families of hostages say they’re often left out of the conversation.
 

Arts & Life

November 23, 2014 | NPR · Given two words, change the first consonant sound in each word to the same new consonant sound and you’ll phonetically name two things in the same category.
 

November 23, 2014 | NPR · God’ll Cut You Down is a new book based on the tangled true story about the murder of a white supremacist by a black hustler. NPR’s Rachel Martin speaks with the book’s author, John Safran.
 

November 23, 2014 | NPR · Allegro arrived on Broadway with a cast of close to 100 and the biggest advance ticket sales in Broadway history at the time. But reviews were mixed and the musical only lasted a season.
 

Music

November 23, 2014 | NPR · Allegro arrived on Broadway with a cast of close to 100 and the biggest advance ticket sales in Broadway history at the time. But reviews were mixed and the musical only lasted a season.
 

Courtesy of the artist
November 23, 2014 | NPR · The Norwegian group has a age-old salve for those who can’t stand “Jingle Bell Rock” — 15th-century English carols.
 

Corbis
November 22, 2014 | NPR · The Big Lebowski star Jeff Bridges is known as an actor, but he’s been playing music for just as long. “Whenever I’m working, I’ll have my guitar with me,” he says.
 

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac

Radiolab