CSFD Captain Steve Riker recounts his experiences during the Waldo Canyon Fire.

CSFD Captain Steve Riker recounts his experiences during the Waldo Canyon Fire.

Colorado Springs city officials released their final After Action Report on last year’s devastating Waldo Canyon Fire this morning. KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin has more.

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 final report is more than three times the size of the initial After Action Report released in October, and provides a more detailed account of the city’s response. Fire Chief Rich Brown says this kind of review is typical.

“Any public service professional worth his or her salt does this constantly.”

The report builds on accounts from official scribes and people like Colorado Springs Fire Captain Steve Riker, who oversaw personnel in Mountain Shadows the day the fire broke into the city.

“We were given some extra warnings that we had probably some hotter temperatures, some drier weather, things to look out [for]. But I’m here to tell you that in my wildest dreams, I never would have assumed that this fire was going to blow up the way it did on us in that situation.”

The findings are much the same as in October, highlighting public safety collaboration and response, and recommending better logistics support and real-time documentation, among other things. City officials also say they support an in-depth scientific study of the Waldo Canyon Fire proposed last year by Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet.

 

Comments are closed.

News

June 23, 2017 | NPR · The televangelist and author of books on faith and finances has allegedly carried out various forms of tax fraud for more than a decade, according to a grand jury’s indictment.
 

AP
June 23, 2017 | NPR · Bishop Thomas Paprocki is telling priests in his diocese not to offer sacraments to people in same-sex marriages. A Catholic LGBT group calls the decree “mean-spirited and unchristian in the extreme.”
 

Courtesy of the University of Arkansas
June 23, 2017 | NPR · A weedkiller called dicamba, which farmers hoped could banish herbicide-resistant weeds, has become a plague itself in Arkansas. The state’s regulators just voted to ban it for 120 days.
 

Arts & Life

June 23, 2017 | NPR · The uproar over the New York Shakespeare in the Park production of Julius Caesar has spread to other cities. And it appears to be only because they are companies with the word “Shakespeare” in their name. Staff at Shakespeare Dallas have received death threats, even though the company isn’t performing Shakespeare at the moment.
 

June 23, 2017 | NPR · Sofia Coppola has taken a 1971 Southern Gothic psychodrama directed by a man and remade it from a female perspective — and the result is powerful.
 

Lionsgate
June 23, 2017 | NPR · In Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon’s new rom-com, girl meets boy, girl contracts a mysterious illness and boy’s Pakistani parents struggle to accept the relationship.
 

Music

Codeblack Films
June 23, 2017 | NPR · Kevin Powell conducted Tupac’s career-defining interviews; now he’s suing the filmmakers behind the biopic for using them without his permission.
 

Piano Jazz Archives
June 23, 2017 | NPR · The Grammy-winning bassist’s sense of swing shines through on this session with Marian McPartland, who joins in on “My Foolish Heart” and “All Of You.”
 

Dallas Zoo via YouTube/Screenshot by NPR
June 23, 2017 | NPR · We’d explain further, but really, the headline kind of speaks for itself.
 

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac

Radiolab