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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Lot by lot, the Mountain Shadows neighborhood in Colorado Springs is showing signs of residential life again after this summer’s devastating Waldo Canyon Fire. Eleven homes of the nearly 350 destroyed have been rebuilt, and about 80% of homeowners have resolved their insurance claims. But, as KRCC’s Liz Ruskin reports, the community still faces big obstacles.

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A new report says emergency notification systems failed to reach all residents during the Waldo Canyon Fire. KRCC’s Martha Perez-Sanz has more.

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Colorado Senator Michael Bennet visited the site of flood mitigation efforts at the burned Flying W Ranch in Colorado Springs today to highlight the need for emergency watershed protection funding after last year’s devastating fire season. KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin reports.

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Jerri Marr supervises the Pike-San Isabel National Forests and Comanche National Grassland, and became a fixture at press conferences during the Waldo Canyon Fire. The United States Forest Service profiles her on its home page.

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Early this week, the U.S. House of Representatives nixed an amendment to a Hurricane Sandy relief bill that would have provided aid to victims of the 2012 wildfires in Colorado. KDNK’s Ed Williams spoke with Senator Michael Bennet, who co-sponsored the amendment.

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Flood Preparedness Meeting

On January 28, 2013 By

Colorado Springs’ Emergency Management department will discuss flooding at a resident preparedness meeting tomorrow night.

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Colorado Springs officials held a neighborhood meeting Tuesday night, highlighting wildfire awareness, mitigation, and emergency preparedness. Speakers included Bret Waters, head of the city’s Office of Emergency Management, Christina Randall and Fire Marshall Bret Lacey with the Colorado Springs Fire Department, and Bob Cutter of Colorado Springs Together. This is the audio of the [...]

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Residents of Mountain Shadows who lost homes to the Waldo Canyon fire will have to abide by a stricter fire code when they rebuild. As KRCC’s Liz Ruskin reports, Colorado Springs City Council today passed new rules for the city’s hillside neighborhoods.

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Updated Fire Codes

On December 13, 2012 By

Colorado Springs CIty Council has given initial approval to new fire codes.

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Colorado Springs’ recovery manager for the Waldo Canyon Fire asked the city council at its informal meeting Monday to help pay for a hydrology study aimed at understanding flood risks across the burn area. KRCC’s Liz Ruskin reports.

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Friends of Garden of the Gods has donated $20,000 to help keep water flowing freely through the park.

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The city’s Convention and Visitor’s Bureau started its “Welcome Back” campaign in July in an effort to draw people back to the region….

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Colorado Springs city officials released their initial After Action Report on the response to the Waldo Canyon Fire yesterday. KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin was at the press briefing and has this report.

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Mayor Steve Bach reveals his 2013 plan…

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This year’s stubborn drought and the changing climate will have serious consequences for Colorado’s multi-billion dollar recreation and farming industries, as well as the state’s forests that have seen severe, unnaturally large wildfires recently…Colorado Springs police are offering a reward for information regarding the start of the Waldo Canyon fire…Chimney Rock to be designated a National Monument.

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Colorado Springs police are offering a reward for information regarding the start of the Waldo Canyon fire….Tri-Lakes Monument Fire Protection District may not be able to accept a FEMA grant recently awarded to the department.

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A new study suggests that climate change is affecting the number and severity of wildfires in the West, including in Colorado.

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Two former Governors joined with current Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper yesterday to kick off the ballot campaign to reform state personnel rules…The law enforcement team investigating the cause of this summer’s Waldo Canyon Fire says the blaze was human-caused…Some well-funded Pro-Mitt Romney super PACs are doubling down on efforts in what they consider to be more crucial swing states; such as Florida, Ohio and Colorado.

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Full audio of press conference available inside: The law enforcement team looking into the cause of this summer’s Waldo Canyon Fire says the blaze was human-caused. Seven different federal and local agencies are investigating the devastating fire that began in June. Colorado Springs Police Lieutenant Adrian Vasquez heads the team. He says there’s no person of interest yet.

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Voters will see three statewide ballot questions this November. A bipartisan committee of lawmakers finalized the ballot language today…The Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau is receiving $100,000 from the federal government to try to lure visitors to town after tourism numbers fell due to the Waldo Canyon Fire.

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Republican Secretary of State Scott Gessler is spearheading what he says is the largest voter registration effort in state history ahead of the October 9th deadline to register to vote…About 500 sandbags are still available for homeowners who could be affected by flooding after the Waldo Canyon Fire.

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The Colorado Secretary of State’s office says the “Personhood Amendment” will not be on the ballot this November because supporters failed to gather enough valid signatures. But Personhood Colorado is filing a legal appeal to try and overturn that decision…Officials are preparing to provide an update on the investigation into what started the Waldo Canyon Fire, the Gazette reports.

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