The devastating 2002 wildfire season generated public discussion about the need for treatments to fix our dangerously overgrown forests. A decade later, the Front Range has been hit with consecutive record-setting fire seasons, which has a lot of Colorado residents wondering why more of that treatment hasn’t happened. In this story that originally aired in April, KRCC’s Michelle Mercer looks into the status of forest treatment on the Front Range.

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.

Foresters say the Black Forest region was dangerously overgrown in parts as well, mostly due to uneven mitigation on landowner’s multi-acre lots.

Main Flash Point: Living with Wildfire page with an interactive timeline.

A Disaster Is A Disaster: The Nature Of Emergency Management
Waldo Canyon Fire Victims: Recovering Without Rebuilding
The Wildland Urban Interface: Where the Wilderness Meets Civilization
The Double Bind: Forest Treatment In The Age of Megafires
Wildfires and Climate Change Perception


Comments are closed.


October 27, 2016 | NPR · Dharun Ravi accepted a plea deal after courts overturned his original conviction. Tyler Clementi killed himself after secret video taken by Ravi of Clementi kissing a man was shown to other students.

October 27, 2016 | NPR · Brothers Ammon and Ryan Bundy still face charges stemming from an armed standoff in 2014 with federal agents at their father’s ranch in Nevada.

AFP/Getty Images
October 27, 2016 | NPR · As people wait for the verdict of the Ammon Bundy wildlife refuge trial, Native Americans are refocusing national attention on the ancestral rights their tribes hold to federal lands in the West.

Arts & Life

October 27, 2016 | NPR · NPR’s Kelly McEvers talks to Washington Post reporter Alyssa Rosenberg, who has written a series for the paper about how Hollywood and pop culture has influenced the way the public perceives police.

Courtesy of Amazon Studios/Magnolia Pictures
October 27, 2016 | NPR · In Jim Jarmusch’s jagged documentary, Iggy Pop reflects on the necessary recklessness that made The Stooges punk legends.

Sony Pictures Entertainment
October 27, 2016 | NPR · After three adaptations, including The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, the lively heresies of Dan Brown’s bestselling thrillers have sunk into timid incoherence.


Courtesy of the aritst
October 27, 2016 | WXPN · Dawes, Lydia Loveless and more also joined NPR’s Ann Powers and Jewly Hight for intimate rounds of storytelling and music at Nashville’s Union Station Hotel during AmericanaFest 2016.

Eric Coleman
October 27, 2016 | NPR · On this week’s +1 podcast, NPR Music contributor Timmhotep Aku talks with singer and rapper Anderson .Paak and producer Knxwledge about their new collaboration under the name NxWorries.

October 27, 2016 | KCRW · The beloved alt-rock band plays a special session for KCRW at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles.

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac