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

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Researchers have found that repeated wildfires in the same region do tend to shift public opinion about climate change, so with back to back […]

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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 […]

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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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The Black Forest Fire destroyed over 500 homes, leaving those homeowners with a difficult decision: should they rebuild? Back in April, KRCC’s Michelle Mercer talked to some Waldo Canyon Fire victims about the tough choices they’ve made.

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Since this piece aired in April, rebuilding permits have trickled […]

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This week marks one year since the Waldo Canyon Fire erupted into what was at the time, the most destructive wildfire in state history, claiming nearly 350 homes and two lives. Now, residents of the Pikes Peak region are again sifting through ruins: this month, the Black Forest Fire destroyed more than 500 homes and claimed two lives.

This week we’re rerunning our series Flash Point: Living with Wildfire. This special series explores how we’re managing the ongoing threat of fire, and looks at what it means to reside within reach of mountain forests.

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In the wake of last year’s destructive wildfires, Colorado’s residents, scientists, and government officials have been working hard to manage the ongoing threat. We’re not only mitigating our landscapes; we’re adapting our very understanding of what it means to reside within reach of mountain forests. Join KRCC News for “Flash Point,” a special series […]

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After Superstorm Sandy ravaged the East Coast last fall, climate change was a ubiquitous cover story, spurring a national conversation about current and future effects. Though wildfires have also been connected to climate change, megafires like Waldo Canyon have been slower to raise concern about the effects of increased warming. KRCC’s Michelle Mercer reports.

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The devastating 2002 wildfire season generated public discussion about the need for treatments to fix our dangerously overgrown forests. Ten years later the Front Range was hit with another destructive fire season, which has a lot of Colorado residents wondering why more of that treatment hasn’t happened. KRCC’s Michelle Mercer looks into the status […]

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For many, the notion of the Wildland Urban Interface, or WUI, may conjure up images of sparsely populated regions of cabins in the woods. That’s only part of the picture. In Colorado Springs, nearly a quarter of the population lives in neighborhoods classified as part of the WUI, and it stretches into some unexpected […]

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News of the Waldo Canyon Fire recovery has sounded an almost unanimous refrain, championing the efforts to rebuild in Mountain Shadows. But as KRCC’s Michelle Mercer reports in today’s Flash Point piece, that tells only part of the recovery story.

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Colorado Springs officials recently released their Final After Action Report, detailing the city’s response during the Waldo Canyon Fire. Authors studied hours of dispatch tape, personal accounts, and logs to assess what the city did right, and what needs improvement. KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin begins this series with a look at the nature of Emergency Management.

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In the wake of last year’s destructive wildfires, Colorado’s residents, scientists, and government officials have been working hard to manage the ongoing threat. We’re not only mitigating our landscapes; we’re adapting our very understanding of what it means to reside within reach of mountain forests. Join KRCC News for “Flash Point,” a special series produced by Andrea Chalfin and Michelle Mercer on how wildfire is changing life in Colorado. Click here for an interactive timeline, stories, and additional web content.

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The story of wildfire doesn’t end after the flames are gone. Wide ranging effects are ongoing such as the the possibility of flooding, victims’ recovery efforts, changes to building codes and more.

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January 23, 2018 | NPR · In a setback for Rupert Murdoch family, British regulators said the planned $15 billion takeover of Sky was not in the public interest and would be blocked unless there is a way to prevent the tycoon from influencing the network’s news output.
 

January 23, 2018 | NPR · At least two people are dead and 12 others injured after a shooting at a school in western Kentucky on Tuesday. NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly talks with reporter Matt Markgraf of member station WKMS about the latest.
 

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January 23, 2018 | NPR · The Oscar Nominations have arrived. NPR’s Linda Holmes and Bob Mondello discuss the whys and wherefores behind both surprises and snubs from this year’s contenders.
 

January 23, 2018 | NPR · Last year’s historic Best Picture debacle prompted the accounting firm responsible for the security of envelopes to come up with new fail-safes. Most important: Stop tweeting and put away that phone.
 

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January 23, 2018 | NPR · Hugh Masekela burst on the world pop scene in the 1960s, playing alongside Janis Joplin, Otis Redding, Ravi Shankar, The Who and Jimi Hendrix. The legendary jazz musician died on Tuesday at age 78.
 

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January 23, 2018 | NPR · This week’s mix of essential new music includes the mind-bending sounds of pianist Nils Frahm, Sylvan Esso’s electro-pop romp for the end of the world, the gorgeous harmonies of Darlingside and more.
 

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