Colorado Springs City Council has given initial approval to new fire codes. KRCC’s Katherine-Claire O’Connor reports.

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.

The proposed ordinances aim to reduce fire damage. Changes include using fire resistant roofing materials, and controlling the growth of trees and shrubs. Deputy Fire Marshal Kris Cooper says in the wake of the Waldo Canyon Fire the new rules simply make sense.

“Firefighters and fire crews had to make choices and take a stand and say, ‘Okay we are going to start defending from this point on,’ or ‘These houses are savable. Those are too far threatened, or too far along.’ Those are very tough decisions to make. So if we can increase the safety of the community to where we have fewer ignitions in the event of a future wildfire, then obviously the community as a whole is better for that.”

Nearly all seventy people rebuilding after the Waldo Canyon Fire voluntarily agreed to the new updates. A final vote is expected in January. For KRCC news, I’m Katherine-Claire O’Connor.

 

Comments are closed.

News

Screengrab from Instagram
July 1, 2015 | NPR · The change in policy was announced on Instagram by first lady Michelle Obama. The White House urged visitors to share their experience using the hashtag #WhiteHouseTour. Selfie sticks aren’t allowed.
 

Reuters/Landov
July 1, 2015 | NPR · Julie Hamp was arrested June 18 for allegedly importing the prescription painkiller oxycodone in violation of the country’s narcotics laws. She has not been charged.
 

July 1, 2015 | NPR · In a letter to creditors, the prime minister said Greece will accept most terms proposed June 28. It’s unclear if the letter will have any impact. Greece has defaulted on a loan payment to the IMF.
 

Arts & Life

HBO
July 1, 2015 | NPR · As a flood of at least 120 new and returning series come to TV this summer, NPR’s TV critic picks four shows most worth binge watching by the pool.
 

AFP/Getty Images
June 30, 2015 | NPR · Step up your summer grilling game by re-creating the ancient Peruvian way of cooking meat underground in your own backyard. It’s called pachamanca, and it yields incredibly moist and smoky morsels.
 

Print Collector/Getty Images
June 30, 2015 | NPR · It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the English and their social tea traditions. What time does each of them take place, anyway? But don’t fret. The Salt is here to offer guidance.
 

Music

Courtesy of the artist
June 30, 2015 | WBGO+JAZZ.org · The saxophonist’s latest album is dedicated to the memory of his 6-year-old daughter, killed in the 2012 mass shooting in Newtown, Conn. His quartet performs the genre-spanning music in concert.
 

June 30, 2015 | NPR · NPR music critic Meredith Ochs reviews the new album from bluegrass band SteelDrivers titled The Muscle Shoals Recordings.
 

XPN
June 30, 2015 | WXPN · Thompson’s impressive body of work has grown again. Hear songs from his new album, Still.
 

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac

Radiolab