Colorado

12:00am

Wed June 27, 2012
Wildfires

Red Zone: Policies Put More Coloradans at Risk

Tom Scanlan, right, surveys the damage to his home and property in the Kuehster Road neighborhood near Aspen Park, Colo., with Bruce Ellis on June 7, 2012.
Michael Kodas I-News
  • Morning Edition Host Emily Boyer interviews I-News' Michael Kodas & Burt Hubbard

The number of wildfires in Colorado has exploded during the past decade. So has the number of people living in high-risk fire zones.

And public policies for dealing with both actually risk making the state’s fire danger even worse, an I-News Network investigation found.

In the past two decades, a quarter million people have moved into Colorado’s red zones – the parts of the state at risk for the most dangerous wildfires. Today, one of every four Colorado homes is in a red zone.

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7:48pm

Tue June 26, 2012
Wildfires

High Park Fire: 87,284 Acres And 65% Contained

The High Park Fire at sunset, photo taken on June 11th.
Dave Dennis KUNC

The High Park Fire, still burning west of Fort Collins, is now 87,284 acres and 65% contained. The total number of homes lost to the blaze stands at 257.

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3:40pm

Tue June 26, 2012
Wildfires

The Flagstaff Fire Is Estimated At 300 Acres, No Containment

Jackie Fortier KUNC

The Flagstaff fire is estimated at 300 acres and was suspected to be sparked by lightning. Resources have been deployed including air support to fight back the fire right outside of Boulder.

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3:01pm

Tue June 26, 2012
Wildfires

Investigators Determine Cause of Estes Park Fire

Woodland Heights fire
T. Alan Hill Used with permission

Larimer County officials say they have determined the cause of the Woodland Heights fire. The Estes Park Trail Gazette reports that investigators believe a power line rubbing against a tree during gusty winds caused the blaze, which is now fully contained.

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8:52am

Tue June 26, 2012
inTune Station Blog

91.5fm Is Back At Full Power

Jim Hill KUNC

Electricity has been restored at Buckhorn Mtn. and we're happy to report that KUNC is back on our main transmitter. Buckhorn Mtn. had been without power since the start of the High Park Fire on June 9th.

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