Wed August 21, 2013

Helicopter Logging To Mitigate Fire Danger Near Minturn

Helicopter logging on the Summit Ranger District of the Stanislaus National Forest in 2009.
Credit U.S.F.S. / Flickr


Tue August 20, 2013

Wildfire Forces Kick Into Highest Gear

The 2013 wildfire season hit a milestone Tuesday: Preparedness Level 5, an officious way of saying resources are stretched thin and it could quickly get worse.

Preparedness Level 5 is the highest on the national wildfire preparedness scale, which the National Interagency Fire Center uses to chart wildfire activity, the deployment and availability of firefighters and equipment and the likelihood that more big fires are coming.

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Mon August 19, 2013

In West’s Expanding Tinderbox, Questions About Development

Flames remain after the Black Forest Fire destroys a home June 12. The fire destroyed 509 homes, surpassing the Waldo Canyon Fire at 342 homes, as the most destructive fire in Colorado history.
Sgt. William Smith Fort Carson PAO - Creative Commons


Sat August 17, 2013
The Two-Way

Fire Threatens Celebrity Resort Homes In Idaho

Originally published on Sat August 17, 2013 2:22 pm

In this photo released by the U.S. Forest Service, firefighters stand watch near the perimeter of the Elk Complex fire near Pine, Idaho, earlier this week.
Uncredited Associated Press

An evacuation order in Idaho has been expanded to include 1,600 homes, including many in the resort community of Sun Valley, officials say.

The 100-square mile Beaver Creek Fire expanded rapidly on Friday, whipped up by 30 mph winds and low humidity, officials say.

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Fri August 16, 2013

High Park Fire Recovery Manager Announces New Mitigation Work

YouTube Screencapture of flash flooding, Wolf Sanctuary, High Park Burn Zone