Nathan Heffel

Reporter/All Things Considered Host

I’ve has always been fascinated with radio, from competing in the 'radio broadcasting' category for my middle school forensics team, to DJ'ing a late night college radio show at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin where I earned my Political Science degree. 

Most recently I was the Public Affairs/ News Manger at KUVO FM as well as the local Denver host of PRI’s “The Takeaway” [a morning news show]. I started my career as an Assistant Producer for the multi-award winning Kelly, Mudflap and JoJo Morning Show on KYGO FM.

I’ve covered many local events including the Windsor, CO tornado, the 2008 Democratic National Convention, and the 2010 Four Mile Canyon fire.  



Thu June 14, 2012
Wildfire Science

What's So Great About Red Slurry?

Fire retardant slurry shoots out of a C-130 Hercules aircraft over a fire in California.
U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Master Sgt. Dennis Martin US Forest Service/Public Domain
  • KUNC's Nathan Heffel interviews Bernie Post, technical representative with Phos-Check of Ontario, California.

As of 6pm Wednesday, air tankers flying out of the JeffCo tanker base had dropped 58,557 gallons of retardant on the High Park Fire. So what is the red stuff falling out of the planes? How does it work?

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Wed June 13, 2012

Udall, Bennet Applaud Signing Of Firefighting Air Tanker Bill

  • KUNC's Nathan Heffel interviews CO Senator Mark Udall about the signing of a bill which will speed up the contracting of new US Forest Service air tankers. The current fleet stands around 17 tankers.

A bill to speed up the contracting of  seven new Forest Service air tankers has become law. President Barack Obama signed the bill Wednesday. While the new planes won't be ready to fight the High Park Fire, Senator Mark Udall says the tankers will modernize the fleet.

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Tue June 12, 2012

No Frequent Flyer Miles To Pay For US Forest Service Air Tankers

P2-V air tanker lands at Fox Field in the Antelope Valley, Lancaster, CA
Rennett Stowe Flickr - Creative Commons

Heavy firefighting air tankers are one of the most visible resources being used to fight the High Park Fire. The cost to fly and maintain the large aircraft is not cheap, and will continue to increase as the fire remains relatively uncontained.

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Mon June 11, 2012

High Park Fire Displaces People, Animals

A newborn Alpacca and her mother rest at the large animal evacuation shelter at the Ranch in Loveland. The pair were part of a 140 heard evacuated from the High Park burn area Sunday morning.
Nathan Heffel
  • Grace Hood & Nathan Heffel reporting for KUNC News

A wildfire burning west of Fort Collins has now scorched more than 20,000 acres and damaged or destroyed at least 18 structures over the weekend. Hundreds of people and animals have been evacuated as the fire continues burns out of control.

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Sun June 10, 2012

U.S. Forest Service Remains Confident About Air Tanker Fleet Capability

P2V Neptune Air Tanker. This is tanker 44 which was in service over the High Park Fire yesterday.
Alan Radecki Wikimedia Commons

Despite two recent air tanker crashes in Utah and Nevada, and multiple large fires across the country including the now 8,000+ acre High Park Fire northwest of Ft. Collins, the US Forest Service says it remains fully capable of fighting multiple fires from the air.

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