Thu April 12, 2012
Colorado Wildfires

Senator Udall Reacts To Aging Air Tanker Fleet

Senator Mark Udall tours an area burned by the Lower North Fork Fire in Jefferson County.
CreativeCommons/Senator Mark Udall

Colorado Senator Mark Udall delivered a letter to the US Forest Service Chief Thursday expressing his concerns about whether the agency’s aging air tanker fleet is capable of keeping the state safe during a potentially dangerous fire season. The Senator is unconvinced the current fleet is adequate.

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Wed April 11, 2012
Colorado Wildfires

High Fire Danger Highlights Aging Firefighting Air Tankers

Rennett Stowe/Creative Commons

 The US Forest Service relies on an aging fleet of large, heavy air tankers to fight fires and protect structures and homes. But the fleet is dwindling, and the agency is scrambling to replace it.

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Fri April 6, 2012

High Fire Danger Persists for Western Slope and Northern Plains

Colorado National Guard Battles Lower North Fork Fire
The National Guard


Tue April 3, 2012

State Climatologist: Warm & Dry Conditions Expected to Continue in April

Grace Hood

March’s hot and dry weather has put 98 percent of the state in varying levels of drought. Some of the worst areas right now are in the Arkansas Basin—central and south Colorado—in addition to the northwestern part of the state. KUNC’s Grace Hood sat down with state climatologist Nolan Doesken to find out how we got here, and where the state might be headed in April.


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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