Mon July 8, 2013
The Two-Way

It Was A 'Horrific Honor' To Recover 19 Firefighters' Bodies

Originally published on Mon July 8, 2013 10:20 am

On Sunday in Phoenix, the 19 bodies of firefighters killed while battling a wildfire in central Arizona were driven to Prescott, where the "hotshot" team was based.
Christian Petersen Getty Images

"I don't want strangers going in and getting them out of there. I want to be the one that gets to go in there and get them out of there. It's a horrific honor to go in and do that."

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Sun July 7, 2013

Burn Zone Flood Potential Varies By Storm

One year after the High Park Fire, the threat of landslides and flooding in the burn area depends on multiple factors, like the gradient of the land. Picture taken June, 2013
Credit Grace Hood / KUNC

It may not seem like it, but flash flooding and wildfires go hand in hand. The burned areas that wildfires leave behind are devoid of natural ground cover that keeps the soil from eroding too quickly.

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Sun July 7, 2013

Additional Air Power For NoCo Firefighters This Summer

A type 3 helicopter, similar to one being managed by the Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests, conducting mitigation following the 2012 Hewlett Gulch Fire
Lance Cheung U.S. Dept of Agriculture


Sun July 7, 2013

Despite Hefty Payouts, Fire Insurance Costs Hold Steady

Originally published on Sun July 7, 2013 12:46 pm

Firefighter Brandie Smith walks by the remains of a structure destroyed in the Black Forest wildfire north of Colorado Springs last month. More than 500 homes have been lost to wildfire in the state this year.
Ed Andrieski AP

Wildfires have already destroyed hundreds of homes in the American West this year. The insurance industry is once again poised to pay out hundreds of millions of dollars to cover those losses, as it already has for homeowners who lost their houses during last year's fire season.

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Sun July 7, 2013
The Two-Way

The New World Of Firefighting: Politics, Climate And Humans

An aerial tanker drops fire retardant on a wildfire threatening homes near Yarnell, Ariz., on July 1. An elite crew of firefighters was overtaken by the out-of-control blaze on June 30, killing 19 members as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields.
Chris Carlson AP

Writer and photojournalist Michael Kodas has been documenting firefighting and firefighters for more than a decade. His current book project, Megafire, an examination of the new world faced by firefighters, will be released in 2014. Kodas, also the author of High Crimes: The Fate of Everest in an Age of Greed, lives in Boulder, Colo.

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