Environment

Ward Gulch Fire
2:07 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Evacuees Allowed to Return to Homes in Ward Gulch Fire

The Ward Gulch Fire is burning north of Rifle. Evacuees were allowed to return to their homes Sunday.
Credit Colorado River Fire Rescue

Residents who were evacuated near Rifle for a wildfire, were allowed to return to their homes yesterday. The Ward Gulch Fire north of town has burned about 480 acres and forced the closure of the Rifle Falls Fish Hatchery, which is managed by the state. The public is not allowed into Rifle Falls State Park. Helicopters have been dipping into the nearby Rifle Gap reservoir to fight the flames.

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Elk Creek Mine Methane Project
9:23 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Coal Mines Provide Enticing Green Energy Source

New methane power generation facility at the Oxbow Mine at Elk Creek.
Credit Credit Kathy Browning - Flickr

One local company is already taking advantage of methane capture at coal mines. The Aspen Skiing Company last year, invested in a project that generates energy from methane at a mine near Paonia.  Their trailblazing will set the stage for other groups to try out similar projects. Aspen Public Radio’s Ellis Robinson reports.

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Wildfires
10:24 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Black Forest Fire Burns 360 Homes

The Black Forest Fire burning north of Colorado Springs has burned 360 homes, making it the most destructive fire in Colorado history.
Credit NPR/Kirk Siegler

A wildfire burning north of Colorado Springs is officially Colorado’s most destructive fire, ever. Law enforcement officials announced this morning the Black Forest fire has burned 360 homes - that’s more than last year’s Waldo Canyon Fire. 15,000 acres have burned and nearly 40,000 people have been evacuated. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa gave credit to firefighters’ hard work.

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Wildfires
4:48 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Lessons Learned from Waldo Canyon Fire being Applied to new Colorado Fire

The Black Forest Fire is burning north of Colorado Springs. It has burned dozens of homes.
Credit Kirk Siegler / NPR

Just north of Colorado Springs, a destructive wildfire continues to burn. Reporter Liz Ruskin has been covering the Black Forest Fire, which started on Tuesday afternoon. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen spoke with her on Wednesday afternoon from KRCC’s studios, downtown where, she said, evidence of the fire was easy to see.

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Environment
6:18 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Study: The Western U.S. is Getting Dustier

Dust on snow is one outcome of increased dust emissions in the Western United States.
Credit National Snow and Ice Data Center

Living in the mountains, it’s easy to see changes in nature, especially in the snow. In recent years, dust from desert areas like Utah, has coated some of the area’s snowpack. Scientists in Boulder say the amount of dust being blown into Colorado and throughout the West, has increased over the last two decades. They measured calcium in rainfall to come up with their findings. Jason Neff is associate professor of geology at CU-Boulder and coauthor of the dust study. He told Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen the escalation of dust emissions is due to several factors.

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