Applications are due tomorrow for state money to help with wildfire mitigation projects. As KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin reports, there are other goals for the grant program as well.

Colorado’s Department of Natural Resources has nearly $10 million to give away in matching funds to projects aimed at reducing wildfire risk in the [...]

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Preliminary estimates show insurance companies will pay almost $300 million dollars to homeowners affected by the Black Forest Fire.

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The Pipeline Fire located on Fishers Peak near Trinidad is 100% contained. The blaze was started by lightening and burned 100 acres. Smoke may still be visible from the interior of the perimeter, but officials say firefighters have suppressed all heat, fire, and smoke that had the potential to escape the perimeter. The Type [...]

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The Pipeline Fire on Fisher’s Peak started yesterday and is burning in steep, rocky terrain. Multiple units responded from in and around the Trinidad region, but officials say it’s been difficult to access the fire. The active fire has shown extreme activity on the entire perimeter of the blaze, though no evacuations have been [...]

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Thousands of firefighters are gathered in Prescott, Ariz., today to honor the Granite Mountain Hotshots, the 19 firefighters who were killed by a wildfire on Sunday, June 30. The speakers included Vice President Joe Biden, who said, “All men are created equal. But then, a few became firefighters.”

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The East Peak Fire burning in Huerfano County is now 85% contained and has burned 13,521 acres. Officials say the fire will not reach 100% containment until sufficient interior mop-up is complete. Ten handcrews, four helicopters, 28 engines, two dozers, and 15 water tenders remain on scene. As the containment on the fire grows, resources [...]

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The Colorado Department of Transportation is set to re-open US Highway 160 through Wolf Creek Pass Saturday morning at 6 AM. The route’s been closed for over a week due to the West Fork Complex, a series of fires burning in the region. The decision comes after multiple agencies determined the reopening could happen, barring [...]

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Though wildfires have been definitively connected to climate change, megafires in the West haven’t shifted public opinion as drastically as environmentalists might hope.

Researchers have found that repeated wildfires in the same region do tend to shift public opinion about climate change, so with back to back summers of megafires the Pikes Peak region [...]

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This year’s wildfire season continues with serious and devastating impacts across the state. Still, officials point to mitigation as helping preserve homes in neighborhoods like Black Forest’s Cathedral Pines…

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KRCC was invited along other media organizations to tour the devastation of the Black Forest Fire last Friday. These are photographs of some of what we saw.

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Three fires are a part of the West Fork Fire Complex: the West Fork Fire, the Papoose Fire, and the Windy Pass Fire. The complex has grown to 75,150 acres with no containment and is burning in steep, rugged terrain with large amounts of beetle-killed spruce. Highway 160 remains closed, and multiple evacuations remain in effect.

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Thousands of evacuees are returning to their homes as the Black Forest Fire north of Colorado Springs reaches 85% containment. But as KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin reports, the number of homes lost has now surpassed 500. Tuesday evening’s latest update shows the total homes destroyed as 509, and assessments continue.

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The Black Forest Fire is now 65% contained, yet thousands of displaced residents are still unable to go home, or see what remains of it. As KRCC’s Liz Ruskin reports, throngs of evacuees now come to the daily media briefings, and their frustrations are growing.

El Paso County Commission Chair Dennis Hisey yesterday began describing [...]

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Officials announced around 6:30 Sunday evening that the Royal Gorge Fire near Cañon City is now 100% contained. Smoke may still be visible due to interior pockets of unburned fuel inside the containment lines, but crews finished mopping up the perimeter today. Command control will transition back to local departments at 6 am. The [...]

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Containment is at 65%. Sheriff Terry Maketa has released four more areas from mandatory evacuation to pre-evacuation status; details inside. Next news conference is at 11:15 Monday.

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The fire is 30% contained, says Incident Commander Rich Harvey. The count of houses lost is now 419. There is a community meeting at Palmer Ridge High School, Saturday morning at 10 AM for residents.

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Steve Schopper, Audio/Visual Specialist for the Colorado Springs Fire Department, documented and describes structure protection during the Black Forest Fire. Recorded Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at at approximately 3:30 p.m. Steve gives a behind the scenes look at our firefighters efforts to protect property and save lives.

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U.S. 50 has reopened, and all evacuated residents are allowed home. Officials say those residents will remain on a pre-evacuation notice, pending fire conditions. The Royal Gorge Tourist Train can begin running again, once the railway determines they’re ready. River access on the closed sections of the Arkansas River will be re-evaluated on Friday. Containment of the fire is listed at 40%.

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News was mixed during the Thursday afternoon press conference for the Black Forest Fire. Officials declared the blaze at 5% containment, but they also announced that two people perished in the fire. KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin reports.

El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa says the two people who lost their lives had been working to evacuate [...]

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Audio: Q & A between host Mike Procell and News Director Andrea Chalfin after the 5PM press conference

Sheriff Terry Maketa:

Firefighting efforts have been somewhat encouraging today. However, the remains of two individuals were recovered. At about 2:30pm remains of one individual were discovered, an hour later, another. They died in an area of [...]

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Colorado Springs has issued a mandatory evacuation order for the following region:

Colorado Springs, Colo.—City officials have issued a Mandatory Evacuation Order effective immediately for the following area due to the Black Forest Fire.

Mandatory Evacuation Area A-1: Northern Boundary: North Gate and Old North Gate Road – Southern Boundary: Flying Horse Club Drive (to [...]

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Colorado Springs, PPCC Rampart Range Campus

Sheriff Terry Maketa:

The Type One incident commander is in place– Rich Harvey.  He’s getting updates on the transition and situation.

The numbers:

The wind keeps shifting; it has moved the fire to the northeast and northwest.  The fire is moving toward Elbert county.

Currently 8500 acres are involved [...]

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