The Storm King 14 Memorial attracted quite a crowd on Sunday with speakers from the Southern Ute Nation, Federal agencies, the City of Glenwood Springs and more. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh was there and has this report.
Twenty years ago this weekend, the South Canyon Fire claimed the lives of 14 firefighters from Prineville, Oregon. The blaze overtook them as they ran to safety up the south flank of Storm King Mountain outside Glenwood Springs.
A memorial is planned for Sunday in Glenwood Springs, honoring the sacrifice of these brave men and women. One of the speakers will be Daniel Jiron, regional forester for the U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Region. Jiron was the U.S. Forest Service public affairs officer for the team that investigated the Storm King incident right after it happened.
In an interview with KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh, Jiron talks about how the events on Storm King Mountain twenty years ago changed his life.
This summer's Yarnell Hill fire killed 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots and in the wake of that tragedy, the Arizona state Forestry Division convened a team of experts from around the country to try to figure out what happened to the team before they died. The experts released that "Serious Accident Investigation" report late last month, before the partial government shutdown took over the news cycle.
For a breakdown of the report, KDNK's Eric Skalac spoke to Michael Kodas, associate director of the center for environmental journalism at the University of Colorado. Kodas is also an author and photographer who focuses on hazards like wildfire.
At 95% containment as of Wednesday, the Ward Gulch Fire north of Rifle led to road closures and evacuations of residents over the weekend. KDNK's Marilyn Gleason went to a public meeting on Saturday to speak to authorities and residents affected by the fire.
With snow blanketing much of the Rocky Mountains, you might think the danger of wildfires is behind us. But as KDNK's Ed Williams reports, the ongoing drought has kept some of last year's wildfires burning through the winter.
Related: Senator Michael Bennet on failure of wildfire amendment, Weekly News Brief: Drought, Winter Fire and Nervous Farmers
Last week the US House of Representatives nixed an amendment to a Hurricane Sandy relief bill that would have provided aid to victims of the 2012 wildfires in Colorado. KDNK's Ed Williams spoke with Senator Michael Bennett, who co-sponsored the amendment.
The wildfire outbreak continues to engulf the state. For this week's news brief, KDNK's Ed Williams and Eric Skalac take a look back at what's happened so far and what could be to come.
Carbondale trustees enacted a new fire ban at this week's meeting, adding Carbondale to the growing list of counties, municipalities, parks and forests to do so. But with the Fourth of July approaching, a ban that prohibits fireworks and charcoal grills is a tough sell. KDNK's Eric Skalac spoke with Carbondale Police Chief Gene Schilling after the meeting to find out how he's planning to address that unique challenge.
Scientists and policymakers from around the U.S. gathered at the Aspen Institute over the last couple days to discuss threats to the country's forests. KDNK's Eric Skalac has more.
38-year forest service veteran Pat Thrasher was called out of retirement this week to help address this year's dangerous wildfire season. The White River National Forest announced Tuesday that stage 2 fire restrictions would go into effect Friday. According to the forest service, 2002 was the last time these restrictions were enacted and conditions in some areas are even worse now than the devastating fire season that spawned the Coal Seam fire 10 years ago.
KDNK's Eric Skalac spoke to Thrasher in advance of the new restrictions, and found out about the strategy for dealing with tourists that may not be aware of the increased fire danger and restrictions.
Click through to hear the entire interview with Pat Thrasher.