colorado wildfires

ENVIRONMENT
11:14 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Colorado Looks to Advanced Technology for Battling Wildfires

An example of thermal imaging from the 2008 Freeway Fire near the City of Yorba Linda in southern California

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 7:30 am

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 Andrea Chalfin about it.

 

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ENVIRONMENT
3:01 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Rainy, Cloudy Conditions Help Crews With Moffat County Wildfires

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 450 acres and is 90 percent contained. The fire started Saturday.

Susan Valente, with the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit, said both fires are burning rough terrain.

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ENVIRONMENT
5:03 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

20,000-acre Alkali Fire contained

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. 

"This 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 some wind on that continuous fuel bed the fire just runs."

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NEWS
5:11 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Storm King 14 Honored On 20th Anniversary Of Deadly South Canyon Fire

The honor guard and color guard at the South Canyon Fire 20th Anniversary Commemoration in Glenwood Springs, Colo.
Credit 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.

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COMMUNITY
11:07 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Remembering The Wake Fire

Felix Belmont

Several wildfires are remembered around this time of the year.  On July 4th, 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.

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NEWS
8:15 am
Fri May 16, 2014

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, May 16, 2014

  Newscast

  • Outlook for Colorado Wildfires

  • Possible Interim Town Manager for Paonia

  • Part 3 on the cost of mental health in Colorado

NEWS
7:55 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Colorado's 2014 Wildfire Outlook Released

The 2012 Waldo Canyon Fire, which destroyed 346 home, was one of Colorado's most destructive wildfires.
Credit 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. 

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iSeeChange
10:04 am
Tue October 29, 2013

iSeeChange: Are Fires a "Rising Threat" for Wildlife?

Credit 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.

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NEWS
8:52 am
Tue October 29, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, October 29, 2013

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
NEWS
8:23 am
Fri September 6, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast Friday, September 6, 2013

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
NEWS
8:24 am
Wed August 21, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast Wednesday, August 21, 2013

  • 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
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NEWS
8:28 am
Fri August 16, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast Friday, August 16, 2013

  • 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
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Local Newscast
8:31 am
Tue July 2, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Tuesday, July 02, 2013

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
Local Newscast
8:27 am
Thu January 31, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast, Thursday, January 31, 2013

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

Capitol Coverage
7:34 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Governor Signs Wildfire Executive Orders

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.


NEWS
4:50 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Two Fires Burning North of Hotchkiss

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.

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Local Newscast
12:07 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

KVNF Local Newscast: Tuesday, June 26, 2012

  • 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 Aid To Farmers
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