Senator Mark Udall says the federal response to the Waldo Canyon Fire serves as a good example of how agencies can work together. The comment comes after a meeting yesterday known as an After Action Review with forest officials, the military, and other firefighting agencies.

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Residents in and near the Waldo Canyon burn areas have been encouraged to purchase flood insurance if they don’t already have it. New federal legislation recently signed into law waives a 30-day waiting period for some new policies to take effect. Meanwhile, a team of scientists has been examining damaged land to understand the [...]

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One of the last hot spots on the southern front of the Waldo Canyon Fire was in Williams Canyon, not far from Cave of the Winds. The canyon is an absolute treasure and though we’ve been unable to get an official word on the extent of the damage, we’ve heard that the fire didn’t [...]

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The heavy hitters in the wildfire fighting game are the MAFFS (Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System) equipped C-130 Hercules cargo planes operated jointly by the National Forest Service, the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserves. Since the 1970′s there have been 8 C-130′s so equipped and are operated by the 302d Airlift Wing [...]

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The Waldo Canyon Fire continues to burn in areas near Colorado Springs. As of Sunday evening, the blaze was 55% contained, but burned nearly 18,000 acres, including almost 350 homes in the city, with two fatalities. Late last week, KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin donned flame resistant clothing and a hard hat to join a media [...]

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El Paso County Disaster Recovery Center to Open 9am Saturday June 30

Colorado Springs, CO, June 29, 2012 – El Paso County will open a Disaster Recovery Center designed to bring together the resources of multiple non-profit and governmental agencies offering assistance to all El Paso County residents impacted by the Waldo Canyon fire. The [...]

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The Waldo Canyon Fire broke through containment lines yesterday and drove into Colorado Springs, prompting evacuations to grow to an estimated 32,000. Officials held a press briefing around 8:30, while firefighters continued to work the area. As of late last night, officials put the fire at about 6200 acres, with 5% containment. Structures were [...]

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Colorado Springs – The spread of the Waldo Canyon fire has forced the Postal Service to relocate postal operations for affected customers to pick up their mail. The decision impacts approximately 1130 Post Office Boxes and 850 street deliveries.

If you live in Green Mountain Falls, CO, 80819, mail pickup will be out of [...]

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Update: 11:15pm The Evacuation Point at Springs Church in the former Phil Long Expo Center is CLOSING. Those needing shelter should report to one of the following Red Cross Shelters:

Lewis Palmer High School (1300 Higby, Monument, CO)
Cheyenne Mountain High School (1200 Cresta Road)
Southeast YMCA (2190 Jet Wing Drive)

Update: 10:22pm [...]

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UPDATE 6:49 pm, 6/24/12

Manitou Springs: effective 8 PM (CORRECTION from immediately) you may return to your homes. Crystal Park- still mandatory evacuation; (EPC Sheriff source for both info)

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Update: US 50 is now reopen; Spike Buck Fire is contained.

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This month we’re doing things a little differently. KRCC belongs to a network of stations called Rocky Mountain Community Radio, so this month, we’re going to sample some work from a few of these stations, including our own.

You can listen to the whole show here.

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A small fire that broke out near the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs has been contained. A fire department spokesperson says burning mulch created a great deal of smoke, but the fire was contained to a median. A utility pole was damaged…A partisan standoff over congressional redistricting continued today, with the Republican-controlled House [...]

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Officials say a lightning caused wildfire in southern Colorado has been contained and crews are now turning their attention to mop up and erosion control…The Colorado state legislature is trying to crack down on school bullying.

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Governor John Hickenlooper received an annual pre-season brief today on this year’s fire season in Colorado…and, regents at the University of Colorado have voted 5-4 to discontinue the journalism program on the Boulder campus.

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The state’s 18 billion dollar budget is making its way through the house…A wildfire burning in Bent County has now burned about 13,500 acres. It’s also cut power to the Ft. Lyon prison, according to KKTV…and, First Lady Michelle Obama visits Colorado as part of a two-day, five-city tour to showcase communities, [...]

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Firefighters from several counties in Southeast Colorado are still working to contain a grassfire in Bent County that has burned more than 9,000 acres since it started on Saturday…Lawmakers in the Colorado House have begun meetings to discuss the particulars of the proposed state budget.

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Firefighters say a small wildfire that broke out in a Colorado Springs park appears to have been started intentionally…and, drier than normal weather is keeping fire risk at high levels.

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With the nuclear crisis in Fukushima on everyone’s mind, we remember a fire at the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons production facility just outside of Denver in 1969 that stands as one of the most horrifying near-misses in our history. As this excellent interative online gallery from the University of Colorado, recounts, enough [...]

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Crews have contained a grass fire that was threatening buildings near Ellicott in El Paso County…Crews are beginning to remove rock from US 50 west of Cotopaxi, and aim to have the highway reopen by the weekend…Army officials say President Barack Obama’s budget proposal includes $477 million for destroying obsolete chemical weapons stored in [...]

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An economic forecast released yesterday shows that higher than expected unemployment has pushed the state’s budget further into the red….Insurance companies estimate the so-called Fourmile Canyon Fire west of Boulder caused an estimated $217 million in damage…and, the US Olympic Committee has announced that the Warrior Games are scheduled to return to Colorado Springs next [...]

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Warm, dry weather is fueling the nearly 1,000 acre Resevior Fire burning west of Loveland…and, the last day for public comment on the draft environmental impact statement regarding the proposed “Over the River” art project is today, ending a 15-day extension issued by the Bureau of Land Management.

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