Black Forest Fire

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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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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