Colorado State Forest Service


Thu February 7, 2013
Forest Health

Tiny Beetle Still Causing Big Problems

Image acquired Sept. 11, 2005, before beetle infestation
Credit Robert Simmon / NASA Earth Observatory


Mon April 16, 2012

Review: Forest Service Crews had Insufficient Data on Weather, Unburned Vegetation

Gov. John Hickenlooper and CSU President Tony Frank at Media Briefing
Kirk Siegler

An independent review commissioned by the Governor and Colorado State University of the conditions leading up to the deadly Lower North Fork wildfire was released to the public Monday.

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Thu March 29, 2012
The Two-Way

Colorado Forest Service Is Sorry After Planned Burns Apparently Trigger Fire

Originally published on Thu March 29, 2012 10:01 am

The ruins of a home destroyed by a wildfire are framed by a child's swing set near Conifer, Colo., on Wednesday, March 28, 2012.

A spokesman for the Colorado Forest Service says that what began as a controlled burn just southwest of Denver got out of control this week and turned into the deadly Lower North Fork Wildfire. Colorado deputy state forester Joe Duda apologized, saying the situation is "heartbreaking." He said an ember escaped from the containment line surrounding the planned burn and ignited the blaze, notes The Associated Press.

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Wed March 28, 2012
Colorado Wildfires

Hickenlooper Temporarily Bans Prescribed Burns Statewide

Smoke from the Lower North Fork Fire burning near Conifer.
Shawn Campbell Flickr – Creative Commons

With a wildfire continuing to burn through the foothills southwest of Denver, Governor John Hickenlooper says he will temporarily ban the state government’s use of prescribed burns on state land. 

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Thu January 12, 2012

FEMA Reimburses State Forest Service For Fourmile, Reservoir Fires

Smoke and fire consume dry forest during the 2010 Reservoir Road wildfire north of Boulder
Nathan Heffel KUNC

The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Wednesday it’s reimbursing the state for 75% of the cost of the 2010 Fourmile Canyon and Reservoir road fires. 

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