Thu March 29, 2012

Sniffle! Pollen Count At Highest Level In Over A Decade

Trees, like this one in Greeley, are blooming earlier this year.
Nathan Heffel KUNC

As smoke continues to hang over the Front Range from the Lower North Fork Fire southwest of Denver, people with and without allergies are suffering. And warm temperatures, coupled with the smoke are hitting allergy sufferers with a one-two punch.

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Thu March 29, 2012
All Tech Considered

Using An App To Report Injured Wildlife

Originally published on Thu March 29, 2012 11:04 am

A rescued bobcat waits to be fed at a wild animal sanctuary in Keenesburg, Colo.
John Moore Getty Images

If you find an injured bird in your back yard, do you know who to call? The Boulder, Colo., group Animal Watch has developed a free iPhone and iPad application and a website called AnimalHelpNow designed to assist with such an emergency. The app and site only work for locations in Colorado, but its developers hope to expand the program nationally.

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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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Wed March 28, 2012