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.

Governor John Hickenlooper announced new initiatives yesterday to try and make Colorado better prepared for wildfires. State officials say they’re also planning for a drought this summer and a potentially bad fire season. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.


Meanwhile, Colorado Democratic Senator Mark Udall is urging the US Forest Service to accelerate their acquisition of eight new firefighting air tankers ahead of this year’s wildfire season. Udall says the new planes have been tied up in red tape.

But Jennifer Jones, a spokeswoman for the Forest Service, says despite the contract delays for the new planes, there are already enough air tankers on hand for the upcoming wildfire season.

“We are expecting to have up to 25 large air tankers available for fire suppression nationwide. That would include up to 9 large air tankers on exclusive use contracts, up to 8 CV 580’s through agreements with the Canadian interagency forest fire center, and 8 military C130’s equipped with modular airborne firefighting systems.”

Jones says air tankers only play a role in the national firefighting effort and that it’s the firefighters on the ground who put out wildfires.


Three Chinook helicopters have been delivered to Fort Carson for a new combat aviation brigade. The Army says the CH-47D Chinooks were transferred from the 1st Combat Aviation Brigade at Fort Riley, Kansas, this week. Fort Carson will be the home of the 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, which will have up to 2,700 soldiers and 113 helicopters. Activation of the unit is expected in April.

 

Comments are closed.

News

Getty Images
February 19, 2018 | NPR · “I love being on Team USA and representing our country. My teammates were there for me during my events, and now I NEED to be there for them,” said Adam Rippon, further endearing himself to a nation.
 

Sergei Bobylev/TASS
February 18, 2018 | NPR · Aleksandr Krushelnitckii’s second sample will be tested Monday. He’s accused of taking meldonium — the same drug that got tennis star Maria Sharapova banned back in 2016.
 

AFP/Getty Images
February 18, 2018 | NPR · Steeped in cultural significance, the film opened to $192 domestically, the biggest February debut ever, said Disney. It’s also already the highest-grossing film by a black director.
 

Arts & Life

Michael Lionstar
February 18, 2018 | NPR · Rhiannon Navin’s Only Child, a novel about the aftermath of a school shooting came out shortly before a fatal school shooting in Florida. NPR’s Michel Martin talks to Navin about overcoming tragedy.
 

Jesse Tyler
February 18, 2018 | NPR · The Bible’s famous verse and chapter structure is relatively recent — and surprisingly unpopular. And a new version out now aims to make it more approachable by structuring it like any other book.
 

February 18, 2018 | NPR · Fred Rogers’ pioneering childrens’ show debuted on Feb. 19, 1968. We look at what made the series different for its time and how Fred Rogers contributed to saving public broadcasting.
 

Music

February 18, 2018 | NPR · For Black History Month, Alt.Latino offers up some new Latin music with African roots.
 

Getty Images for New York Philharmonic
February 18, 2018 | NPR · With a Pultizer, an Oscar, five Grammys and over 100 works to his credit, the American composer is still hard at work.
 

Courtesy of the artist
February 17, 2018 | NPR · The Canadian singer covers the Chess Records catalog, from Chuck Berry to Etta James, on her debut album.
 

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac

Radiolab