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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Highway 24 was briefly closed today due to a mudslide and debris in the roadway. The El Paso County Sheriff’s office is reporting that 20 homes have been damaged, 6-8 of them significantly. No injuries reported. Colorado Ave and Manitou Ave are reopening. Canon Ave at Park remains closed at the control of Manitou Springs Police Department. MSPD is the lead agency for the remainder of the incident.

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Nearly all of the firefighters who died were part of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, an elite group based in Prescott, Ariz. The Yarnell Hill Fire has destroyed an estimated 200 homes since it began Friday.

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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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The East Peak Fire burning in Huerfano County is now 70% contained, and remains at 13,472 acres. A total of 628 people are assigned to the fire. The blaze remains active near the East Peak, and is burning in steep, rocky terrain. Officials say smoke may still be visible from inside the perimeter. Fire Behavior Analyst Brenda Wilmore says “active fire behavior is rapidly diminishing.”

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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 estimated size of the East Peak Fire burning in Huerfano County is now 13,491 acres with 50% containment, and Walsenburg is no longer under a pre-evacuation notice. Other evacuation notices remain in effect. A community meeting is scheduled for today, June 25th at La Veta Town Park at 7 PM.

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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.

Since this piece aired in April, rebuilding permits have trickled in: now 198 permits have been issued, [...]

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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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A Wildfire Smoke Health Advisory remains in effect for much of southern Colorado as a result of multiple wildfires. El Paso County, southeast Colorado, and south-central Colorado are all included in this advisory.

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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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The East Peak Fire burning in Huerfano County is now 50% contained after firefighters conducted a successful burnout operation yesterday. Acreage is now at 13,388. Officials have determined it was caused by lightening. Walsenburg remains on pre-evacuation notice. Residents of the Silver Spurs, River Ridge, and Blackhawk subdivisions are able to go home, with the exception of a section of Blackhawk on the west side of County Road 312. Residents should remain alert and ready.

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Due to pre-evacuation status in Walsenburg, the Mining Museum is requesting help removing artifacts and documents. They especially need people with trucks or SUVs to transport historical items to a safe location.

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Per the Huerfano County Office of Emergency Management, there is a mandatory evacuation from E of La Veta to the W side of I-25 and S of Hwy 160 to the Las Animas county line. The city of Walsenburg is now under a pre evacuation order at this time.

Pre-Evacuation is in effect from [...]

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No growth on the fire today, and it’s now 30% contained. Mop-up is underway.

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The East Peak Fire (originally named the Scout Ranch Fire) is burning in Huerfano County. A Type II Incident Command team and air support have been ordered. There’s a red flag warning in the area today, and officials are expecting extreme fire behavior. Around 350 acres have burned with 0% containment. Evacuations are in place (see inside).

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April 24, 2014 | NPR · The boy hid in the wheel well of a jet that flew Sunday from San Jose, Calif., to Maui. Though temperatures plunged and oxygen was scant, he survived. The father says Allah “saved him.”
 

April 24, 2014 | NPR · A large piece of metal was found this week along the coast of western Australia. But authorities are convinced it is not debris from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared on March 8.
 

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April 24, 2014 | NPR · Authorities say an Afghan security guard opened fire at a hospital run by a U.S.-based Christian group. Two victims were reportedly a father and son. Another U.S. citizen is said to have been hurt.
 

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April 24, 2014 | NPR · Also: The shortlist for the 2014 Caine Prize was announced; Richard H. Hoggart, key witness in the obscenity trial of Lady Chatterley’s Lover, has died.
 

April 24, 2014 | NPR · Philip Short’s new biography of French president Francois Mitterrand, A Taste for Intrigue, is a compelling, polished portrait of a slippery, contradictory figure who relished reinventing himself.
 

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April 23, 2014 | NPR · The Mexican-born Kenyan actress has been lauded for her looks, her impeccable fashion sense, and her humility. Now People says she’s the most beautiful woman in the world.
 

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April 24, 2014 | WQXR · Conductor Robert Spano leads the orchestra and chorus in Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem, music written for the 1962 rededication of the cathedral in Coventry, England, destroyed in a 1940 air raid.
 

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April 24, 2014 | NPR · New York-based singer Melaena Cadiz’s rustic folk earworm, “Needles River,” was inspired by the realism in The Grapes Of Wrath and East Of Eden. But the video strikes a more surreal and ghostly tone.
 

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April 24, 2014 | NPR · Albarn says the sound he helped create with Blur in the 1990s was not a celebration of England, but a reaction to America’s encroaching influence.
 

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