Tag Archives: wildfires

Labor Day Campers Asked to be Firewise

fire season smallThose planning to play or relax outdoors during the upcoming Labor Day weekend are reminded that the potential for wildfires to get out of hand is still very real. Despite recent rains, forest and parks managers urge visitors to use caution with campfires. Always make sure your fire is Continue reading

Mine Safety Organization Plans to Extinguish Coal Seam Fire near Meeker

BLMThe Bureau of Land Management is working closely with the Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety to extinguish a coal seam fire burning in the long-abandoned Black Diamond Mine above Meeker. The mine is located on private lands, but the State is Continue reading

BLM to Conduct Prescribed Burn in Rio Blanco County

controlled-burns-300Fire managers from the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit are planning to burn 550 acres of sagebrush in the next couple of weeks if weather and air quality conditions are favorable. The project is about 25 miles southwest of Continue reading

West Slope Airport Gets New Research Center

rifle airportThe Rifle-Garfield County Airport has won a statewide race to land a new research center to find the best ways to fight wildfires from the air. Researchers say they are trying to prevent a wildfire like the one that left 14 firefighters dead on Storm King Mountain in 1994. The Colorado Department of Public Safety’s Division of Fire Continue reading

Hickenlooper Takes Oath of Office

JOHN-HICKENLOOPER-300Democrat John Hickenlooper has taken the oath of office for a second term as Colorado governor. Hickenlooper fended off a challenge from Republican Bob Beauprez in November. Hickenlooper touted the state’s economic accomplishments and looked back at the tragedies Colorado has endured – from massive Continue reading

Grants Available for Noxious Weed Removal

cdaMany Colorado residents have suffered from a number of natural disasters in recent years. Since 2012, Colorado has experienced six major wildfires that burned over 250,000 acres, and a major flood throughout the South Platte basin. The Colorado Department of Agriculture says Continue reading

Study Says Severity of Wildfires in Colorado Remains Mostly Unchanged

WILDFIREResearchers say wildfires along Colorado’s Front Range might burn more area but aren’t much more severe than before firefighting became commonplace in the 1920s. The University of Colorado and Humboldt State University in California said Tuesday researchers examined 2,000 square miles of forests and found only 16 Continue reading

House Passes Energy Legislation

gardnerSCOTT-TIPTON-300Yesterday, the House of Representatives voted on a broad energy package, which included House Resolution 6, the Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act. H.R. 6 was introduced by Congressman Continue reading

Committee Passes Fire Mitigation Cooperation Bill

FEMA-250The Senate Appropriations Committee included language in the Homeland Security appropriations bill yesterday instructing the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to devise a strategy with the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management to better Continue reading

Obama Urges Governors to Support Wildfire Fighting Budget Plan

WILDFIREPresident Barack Obama is encouraging western governors to support a plan to budget for fighting wildfires, instead of raiding funding for Continue reading

Forest Service Adds Four Aircraft to State’s Firefighting Fleet

FIRE DROPThe U.S. Forest Service says it is adding four aircraft to its firefighting fleet as California recovers from a spate of blazes and other fire-prone states brace for another hot, dry summer.  In a statement, the service said it will have a second Continue reading

Legislature Approves Pot and Tax Relief Bills Before Ending Session

MARIJUANA-300Banking for marijuana businesses in Colorado passed during the last day of legislative session, and lawmakers also approved property tax forgiveness for disaster victims.  The banking plan would create the world’s first financial system for the pot industry.  It will have co-ops acting as uninsured Continue reading