colorado wildfires

KVNF Regional Newscast: November 29, 2016

Nov 29, 2016

Some Thompson Divide drilling leases still active Wildfire in Denver suburbs Bio's of Delta Chief of Police Candidates

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, April. 27, 2016

Apr 27, 2016

Mild wildfire season predicted for Colorado Olathe Board of Trustee dies at 71 Man found dead in Ouray County pond died of exposure A look at the 2016 Paonia Film Festival

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015

Aug 26, 2015

Colorado IUD program for low-­income women gets funding Rifle ranger shooters spark Grand County wildfire Silverton, San Juan County want federal aid to deal mine spill A look at school enrollment across the Western Slope To mine or not to mine? Is that the question?

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015

Aug 25, 2015

Road project needs repairs almost immediately Smoke causes concerns for Coloradans Officials consider statewide graduation standards

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, Aug. 24, 2015

Aug 24, 2015

Newscast Colorado officials address broadband access at Montrose forum Outlook for wildfires in Colorado this year Honey bees cause controversy on public lands

iSeeChange: Reaping A Wildfire

Aug 21, 2015
Wade Hanson

As wildfires continue to rage in the Northwest, Colorado has had a relatively mild season. It’s unsure, though, if it will stay that way.

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015

Aug 18, 2015

Wildfires in Colorado are coming under control New data shows record number of suicides for Colorado State regulators urged to finalizes oil and gas recommendations De Beque sees tax revenues from marijuana beyond expectations

While Colorado has experienced much needed rain this spring, fire officials are still expecting an average fire season. "The moisture has helped considerably, at least to forestall the onset of the fire season, which we know is coming," said Paul Cooke, the Director of the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control. The addition of two specialized planes that can spot a wildfire in its very earliest stages means that the state should be better prepared for the fire season. Specialized equipment like this though, means the cost of fighting wildfires in Colorado and the west continues to go up – and officials at every level are planning accordingly.

Sally Jewell, the Secretary of the Interior and Tom Vilsack, the Secretary of Agriculture, came to Colorado Tuesday to urge a change in how the federal government pays to fight catastrophic wildfires. "The solution is for these fires to be looked upon in the same way we look at tornadoes, hurricanes, and floods, they're natural disasters and they should be funded as such," Vilsack said. Interior's Jewell agrees the funding mechanism should change.

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The U.S. Army via Flickr

Colorado has announced the location for a 'first of its kind' aerial firefighting research facility. The Rifle-Garfield County Airport will be home to the Center of Excellence for Advanced Technology Aerial Firefighting. "So virtually everything we do in wildland firefighting will be subject to be looked at by this center of excellence," Paul Cooke, the director of the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control, says. He says the center will test and evaluate existing and new...

Colorado’s legislature this year created the state’s own air fleet for fighting wildfires. The endeavor includes four helicopters, two single engine air tankers, and two PC-12 single engine planes equipped with new thermal imaging technology. The move has put Colorado at the forefront of utilizing advanced technology to battle the destructive blazes. Reporter Ryan Maye Handy wrote a series of articles for the Colorado Springs Gazette about this new technology. She spoke with KRCC's...

Rainy and cloudy conditions are helping firefighters battle two blazes in Moffat County. Crews responded to the Ladore Fire burning in Dinosaur National Monument Monday. The fire has burned 430 acres and an estimation for containment is not yet available.

The Elk Springs Fire near Craig has burned...

20,000-acre Alkali Fire contained

Jul 25, 2014

The Alkali Fire northwest of Craig has burned more than 20,000 acres. Officials said the fire is now fully contained. The wildfire started Wednesday and the cause of it is still under investigation. Lynn Barclay with Bureau of Land Management said the fire is burning sagebrush and grass. "T his year because we did have a wet spring the grass that we have out there is thicker [and] tall and the sagebrush out in that area can get very, very tall, over five feet," Barclay said. " When you get...

South Canyon Fire Event
Laura Palmisano

Hundreds of people gathered on Sunday in Glenwood Springs to honor 14 men and women who died on July 6, 1994 while fighting the South Canyon Fire on Storm King Mountain.

Remembering The Wake Fire

Jul 7, 2014

Several wildfires are remembered around this time of the year. On July 4 th , 1994, the Wake Fire ripped through an area outside Paonia, destroying KVNF’s antenna and three homes. KVNF’s own Felix Belmont was one of those homeowners.

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, May 16, 2014

May 16, 2014

Newscast Outlook for Colorado Wildfires Possible Interim Town Manager for Paonia Part 3 on the cost of mental health in Colorado

Colorado's 2014 Wildfire Outlook Released

May 15, 2014
U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jeremy Lock

As crews in California battle wildfires in San Diego County, it’s a reminder that the wildfire season has already started here in the West. Colorado’s 2014 fire outlook was released earlier this week. The outlook , presented by the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention & Control , predicts the state’s wildfire potential is normal at least for the early part of the wildfire season. The areas with the greatest potential for wildfire are the plains of eastern Colorado until "green-up" expands...

Randy Hampton/Colorado Parks & Wildlife

Recently on the Almanac, Peter Cullen noticed he hasn't seen many bears in the mountains of New Mexico this year. Bears are foragers, and Cullen says the lack of piñon , oak and juniper trees caused them to head down to mountain towns looking for thrown-away leftovers. That got us thinking about our bear populations here in western Colorado. Though the San Luis Valley doesn’t have the largest bear population in the state, they're still around, and if you think back to this summer after the...

Headlines: Man Steals Monkey in Grand Junction Mesa County Judge Considers Tossing Out Guilty Verdict for Man Charged with Threats iSeeChange: Colorado Wildfires Greater Threat to Humans than animals NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Bill & Melinda Gates Top Donor List for Pro-Amendment 66 Campaign Ouray County to Receive Around $12 Million for Highway Projects

Headlines: State May Rate Thousands of Homes At Risk for Wildfires US Forest Service Auctions Off Aspen Property for $7 Million Gunnison Basin Roundtable Tasked with Debating State Water Plan Study Claims Legal Pot Could Create Risks for Children City of Grand Junction Bans Retail Marijuana Activity Roundtable Discussion with Reporters Covering Colorado Recall Elections

Mountain Village Likely to Institute Moratorium on Commercial Marijuana Sales Public Weighs In on Marijuana Regulation at State Capitol Fire Season in the West Worst in Five Years Organization advocates for Equal Use of Conservation and Energy on Public Lands Secession Question to Appear on Weld County Ballot in November Mesa County Unemployment Rate Falls Slightly From June to July Colorado Set to Begin Online Testing Pilot Program in 2014

State Committee Looks at How to Handle Colorado Wildfires Evacuation Orders Lifted Today After Wildfire Near Glenwood Springs Rep. Jared Polis Says He’d Be “Happy” to see Attorney General Eric Holder Leave Office Texas Senator Wendy Davis Wows Democrats in Pitkin County Colorado Supreme Court Declines to Hear Recall Case Paonia Town Council Continues Course of “No Action” on Amendment 64 Western Slope Skies – August Planets

Headlines: BLM Approves Plans for Exploratory Coal Drilling East of Paonia Department of Revenue Releases Rules for Recreational Marijuana Sales Funding for Meals on Wheels in Delta County Runs Out of Gas Two State Democratic Lawmakers Fight Recall Elections Colorado Wildfire Update Waldo Canyon Fire Burn Flash Flood

Headlines: Elk Creek Mine working on cleanup, still weeks away from opening Environmental groups challenge roadless rule in appeals court Governor Hickenlooper issues new wildfire prevention orders Paonia grapplers No.1, girls basketball undefeated as regionals approach

Governor John Hickenlooper announced new initiatives on Wednesday to try and make Colorado better prepared for wildfires. State officials say they’re also planning for a drought this summer and a potentially bad fire season. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

Two wildfires are currently burning north of Hotchkiss this afternoon. Both fires are believed to be caused by lightning as the area received numerous lightning strikes during the past 24 hours. Smoke may be visible in the area throughout the day and may settle into valleys overnight. The Oak Mesa Fire, located approximately five miles north-northwest of Hotchkiss, was reported at 12:01 a.m. this morning. The Oak Mesa Fire is burning in pinion-juniper on BLM-managed lands and is currently...

Wildfire Updates, Including New Fire Military Aircraft Join Wildfire Fight Ouray County Cancels Flare Parade and Fireworks Capitol Coverage Of Roan Plateau Ruling New USS Colorado Takes To the Seas Denver Police Officer Slain In Line Of Duty Drought Impacts To Blue Mesa Mirror 2002 Region 10 Passes Out $1 Million Colorado Senators Seek Drought...