A fire near Wetmore has prompted evacuations in Custer County and Pueblo County; shelter information in Pueblo.

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State and federal leaders gathered in Denver today to talk about ways to improve forest health. Lawmakers from both parties agree Colorado forests face many challenges, and any solution will require collaboration. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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Pueblo City Council last night voted to extend benefits to domestic partners of city employees, the Chieftain reports…Dozens of personnel and several fire engines are at work containing a 400-acre wildfire on the east side of Rocky Mountain National Park…About 1800 enthusiastic supporters turned out at the Fountain Middle School gymnasium as First Lady Michelle Obama kicked off a two-day campaign swing through Colorado in support of the President.

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Even though temperatures reached near freezing across much of the Front Range last night, other parts of the state are seeing fire activity. KRCC’s Elizabeth Schoder reports.

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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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A new statewide coalition is trying to make Colorado homeowners and communities better prepared for wildfires. The group is hosting three trainings for people who are rebuilding and repairing damaged homes. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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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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Environmental groups have filed a formal protest against an Obama Administration plan to fast-track large-scale solar power development in Colorado and five other western states. The public lands at the center of the dispute in Colorado are in the San Luis Valley near the New Mexico border….More firefighters are on their way to help fight a wildfire near the Wyoming border.

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Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach and his staff addressed city layoffs and community development today at his monthly media conference…Federal officials say a 22-acre marijuana farm was discovered by firefighters battling the Waldo Canyon blaze…More Colorado layoffs have been announced by wind turbine maker Vestas…Stage Two of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge Race started in Montrose this morning.

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The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has confirmed a 4th case of West Nile Virus in the state today, but drought is helping keep numbers low across Colorado overall…Officials are beginning the bidding process for aerial mulching over portions of the Waldo Canyon burn zone.

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Officials are beginning the bidding process for aerial mulching over portions of the Waldo Canyon burn zone…The US Small Business Administration continues to offer low-interest loans for residents affected by the Waldo Canyon Fire, and flooding and mudslides related to the fire…Senator Mark Udall calls this year’s fire season a wake-up call for policymakers and the public.

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Senator Mark Udall calls this year’s fire season a wake-up call for policymakers and the public…Officials have made the largest marijuana bust in Pueblo County history, according to the Chieftain…Authorities say one person is dead and three others have minor injuries after a rupture at a natural gas well north of Fort Lupton.

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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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Fire officials announced last night that the Waldo Canyon Fire was 100% contained, but authorities say its still possible for people to see smoke…and, Colorado officials and an independent fundraising foundation are asking for public input on a proposal to pursue corporate sponsorships to help fund state parks.

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The Waldo Canyon Fire is 70% contained. This morning, Colorado Springs Fire Chief Rich Brown said that number is higher for the city.

I’m pleased to announce this morning that the city of Colorado Springs boundaries as they relate to the Waldo Canyon Fire are 100% contained, […]

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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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One of our difficulties comprehending the magnitude of the Waldo Canyon Fire has been the often confusing distances and geographical features it covers. Even for many natives, trying to get a grasp of distances and relationships of areas like Cedar Heights to Queens Canyon and trying to fathom the terrain that the fire […]

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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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It’s been an emotional week for the area, and especially for residents directly affected by the Waldo Canyon Fire. Those who live in the evacuated areas in Colorado Springs have been anxiously awaiting word of their homes, many of which burned earlier in the week. As KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin reports, on Thursday, fire officials were […]

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After tonight’s meeting with homeowners affected by the Waldo Canyon Fire, officials held a short press briefing announcing a fatality. Here is the audio of that press briefing.

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Transcript of the brief:

Press briefing, 10:30pm, UCCS, Colorado Springs

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Press briefing, 10:30pm, UCCS, Colorado Springs

(First comments missing from transcript; feed cut off; we’ll have audio later tonight at this link)…Work that’s being done on their behalf. I just want to review again a couple of things. We’re going to partner with El Paso county and open a recovery center […]

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