Thu August 15, 2013

2013 Wildfire Season Proving To Be More Mild Than Wild

Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 1:31 pm

Firefighters battle a wildfire earlier this month in Cabazon, Calif.
Jae C. Hong AP

With 15,000 firefighters deployed and three dozen major wildfires currently burning in five Western states, this would seem to be a wildfire season for the record books. And in one tragic aspect, it is. But by most measures, 2013 is the second-mildest fire season in the past decade ... so far.

Here's the season to date, by the numbers (provided by the National Interagency Fire Center) and with some historic statistics for comparison.

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Wed August 7, 2013
The Two-Way

Arizona Firefighter's Widow May Fight City Over Benefits

Juliann Ashcraft, wife of late firefighter Andrew Ashcraft, receives a U.S. flag during a memorial service in July. Ashcraft says the city has refused to pay full benefits for her husband's death, calling him a seasonal employee.
David Kadlubowski AP

The widow of a man who died fighting a wildfire this summer as part of a "hotshots" team based in Prescott, Ariz., says her attempts to be paid her late husband's lifetime benefits have been denied. The city's explanation is that Andrew Ashcraft, 29, was a seasonal employee, Juliann Ashcraft said Wednesday.

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Wed July 31, 2013

Royal Gorge Bridge May Reopen In August

The Royal Gorge Bridge, seen from below in this photo taken June 2012 - before the fire.
Kari Flickr - Creative Commons


Sat July 27, 2013


Fri July 26, 2013

Royal Gorge Disaster Declaration Signed By President

Royal Gorge Fire perimeter map, June 13
Credit Rocky Mountain Area Incident Management Team

President Obama signed a Colorado Disaster Declaration Friday, releasing federal dollars for victims of the 2013 June Royal Gorge wildfire.

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