wildfire

Bill Kight

Bill Kight once worked for the Forest Service protecting sacred indigenous sites. Here, he shares with Gwen Garcelon his perspective on fire and relationship to place.

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Jim Mason spent twenty-five years as a firefighter, first as a volunteer and eventually as the fire chief for Glenwood Springs. Here he remembers the Storm King fire and other major events in his firefighting career.

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The US Forest Service Burned Area Emergency Response, or BAER, Team coordinates satellite imagess, maps, and field work to assesss damage caused by wildfires. Findings from the team's first assessment of the Lake Christine Fire suggest that there’s hope for the scorched earth on Basalt Mountain but flooding and hazardous trees could pose problems. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh reports.

The Sopris Sun

Sopris Sun editor William Grandbois and reporter Megan Tackett are joined by Kevin Schorzman, director of Carbondale Public Works, and Scott Fitzwilliams, forest supervisor for the White River National Forest, to talk about fires, water restrictions, and drought.

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Drought is causing problems for Colorado anglers, ranchers, and recreationists. Brent Gardner-Smith, editor of Aspen Journalism, covered meetings in Glenwood Springs this month of water officials from around the state. Here he talks to KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh about impacts on Colorado industries and on Lake Powell.

Rep. Scott Tipton

Congressman Scott Tipton, along with Governor John Hickenlooper, Senator Cory Gardner, and Colorado Representative Bob Rankin visited Basalt shortly after the Lake Christine Fire destroyed three homes. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke to Congressman Tipton about this visit…

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Fire crews from all over the West have converged on Crown Mountain Park in El Jebel to tackle a wildfire near Basalt. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh and news intern Mountain Maes visited the Incident Command Center for a behind-the-scenes look at the Lake Christine Fire.

Raleigh Burleigh

The Lake Christine Fire exposed a well of generosity in the Roaring Fork Valley. Citizens quickly jumped to action, offering what they could to help those who had been forced from their homes. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh explored one facet on July 6, while visiting an impromptu refuge established at The Orchard.

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Wildfires have always been a part of life in the American West, but with climate change, it’s expected they will become more frequent and more intense. While some effects of wildfires are understood, their impact on water is just starting to come into focus. H2O Radio reports.

Western State Colorado University

Prescribed burns are a useful, albeit risky tool against the increasing danger of wildfires in the Western United States. But in the Country that gave us Smokey Bear, how do you convince the public that more frequent fires are the way to go? One way: data.  KBUT’s Christopher Biddle has the story.

The Spring Fire continues to grow quickly, with reports showing a burn area of more than 94,125 acres. That's an increase of 10,000 acres since previously reported. Containment has remained steady at 5%. Most of the land is under private ownership, while state and federal lands are also affected.

Will Evans

Marc Whitman explains how he organized available fire and water to save his home during the recent Thomas Wildfire in Southern California.

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A crowd gathered in Glenwood Springs yesterday to rally on behalf of national forests and public lands. It was one of several events across the country, organized by the National Wildlife Federation and Wilderness Workshop. Local speakers ranged from an outdoor marketing firm, to the hunting and fishing community, and a local rancher. The crowd was encouraged to make their voices heard next to "Cardboard" Cory Gardner, a stand-in for the real senator who was invited but did not attend the rally. KDNK's Raleigh Burleigh has the first story.

The second story features KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh and National Wildlife Federation's David Ellenberger, talking about the rally and public lands protection.

Click here for full audio of each of the six official speakers.