Wildfire

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Colorado lawmakers ask Congress to fix wildfire funding issue

DENVER – The cost of fire suppression nationwide has nine times exceeded $1.5 billion since 2000, including reaching a high of $2.1 billion in 2015. Colorado state legislators expect the costly...

DATE: Feb. 3, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Lawmakers ask Congress to research uses of forest-fire by-product

DENVER – A resolution supporting research, development and use of biochar unanimously passed both chambers of the Colorado General Assembly this week. It will be sent to a long list of government...

DATE: Jan. 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Cortez Fire District hires 4 full-time firefighters

The Cortez Fire Protection District is starting 2017 with more full-time firefighters than ever. Chief Jeff Vandevoorde promoted four part-time firefighters to full-time positions on Christmas Day....

DATE: Jan. 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Cleanup work continues 3 years after Black Forest blaze

COLORADO SPRINGS – Crews are still working to clean up damage done by the Black Forest Fire three years ago and to stop a similar blaze from occurring again. The Gazette of Colorado Springs...

DATE: Dec. 26, 2016 | CATEGORY: Regional News

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New law requires feds to coordinate for prescribed burns

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A bill signed into law last week by President Barack Obama aims to reduce the chances of a prescribed wildfire going haywire. Under the Prescribed Burn Approval Act, the U.S....

DATE: Dec. 17, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Crews put out wildfire hot spots near Lakewood

LAKEWOOD – Fire crews are working to put out hot spots in an area burned by a wildfire Monday night in suburban Denver. On Tuesday, West Metro Fire Rescue said the fire on Lakewood’s Green Mountain...

DATE: Nov. 29, 2016 | CATEGORY: Regional News

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Amid wildfires, North Carolina getaway turns to ghost town

LAKE LURE, N.C. – Don Cason had his 125-year-old inn in the western North Carolina mountains booked solid for Veterans Day weekend, rooms full and restaurant reservations lined up. Guests came to...

DATE: Nov. 20, 2016 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

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Plan unveiled to protect vast swath of Western U.S. sagebrush

BOISE, Idaho – Federal officials on Monday released an ambitious wildfire-fighting and restoration plan to protect a wide swath of sagebrush country in much of the West that supports cattle...

DATE: Oct. 31, 2016 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

Heat, wind, clear skies intensify Junkins Fire

WESTCLIFFE — Firefighters say warmer-than-normal weather, clear skies and low humidity are intensifying a wildfire burning near Westcliffe, west of Pueblo, that has destroyed nine homes. Officials...

DATE: Oct. 23, 2016 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Some wildfire evacuees allowed back home

WESTCLIFFE – Some residents evacuated by a wildfire west of Pueblo that has burned five homes are being allowed back home. Evacuation orders for some residents near Beulah in Pueblo County were...

DATE: Oct. 20, 2016 | CATEGORY: Regional News

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Pueblo-area fire now 3 percent contained

WESTCLIFFE, Colo. – Officials say a wildfire west of Pueblo is now 3 percent contained, the first time they have reported any secure lines around the blaze. Firefighters said they made good...

DATE: Oct. 19, 2016 | CATEGORY: Regional News

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Wildfire groups to present program at FLC

Firewise of Southwest Colorado, Southern Rockies Fire Science Network, Mountain Studies Institute, Fort Lewis College and Working Films have partnered to sponsor “Capturing Wildfire,”an evening...

DATE: Oct. 18, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News