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Yarnell Fire Report Leaves Many Questions Unanswered

October 22, 2013
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.
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Residents and authorities speak on Ward Gulch Fire

June 17, 2013
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.
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Drought keeps wildfires burning through the winter

Drought keeps wildfires burning through the winter February 7, 2013
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 amendmentWeekly News Brief: Drought, Winter Fire and Nervous Farmers
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Michael Bennet on Failure of Wildfire Amendment

January 31, 2013
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.
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Weekly News Brief: Wildfire

June 29, 2012
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.
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CDale Trustees Enact Fire Ban

June 27, 2012
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.
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Wildfire an Important Theme at Forests at Risk Symposium

Wildfire an Important Theme at Forests at Risk Symposium June 26, 2012
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.
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USFS Veteran Puts This Year's Fire Season in Perspective

June 21, 2012
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.
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