Forest Service

Environment
1:10 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Crews Chip Away at Large-Scale Wildlife Improvement Project

A large-scale wildlife habitat improvement project continues in the Roaring Fork Valley. So far, crews have tackled 3000 acres.
Credit mape_s/Flickr/Creative Commons

The Forest Service is chipping away at plans to improve habitat on 10’s of thousands of acres in the Roaring Fork Valley. The large-scale project includes thinning overgrown vegetation in areas like the Frying Pan and Crystal River Valleys. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

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Red Canyon Fire
5:27 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Red Canyon Firefighting Costs Top $1 Million

In August, firefighters set up tents in a field in Carbondale so they could fight the Red Canyon Fire.
Marci Krivonen

Once again, this summer, the Western United States saw plenty of forest fires. Many of them, like California’s Rim Fire, continue to burn. When the flames are extinguished, the dollar signs emerge. States handle fire suppression costs differently. In Colorado, it depends on what kind of land is burning and how big the blaze is.

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Red Canyon Fire
8:15 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Helicopters a Big Help in Red Canyon Fire Attack

One of two helicopters involved in fighting the Red Canyon Fire arrives at the Carbondale Fire House to refuel.
Credit Facebook/Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District

The Red Canyon Fire burning southeast of Glenwood Springs didn’t see any growth yesterday. Favorable weather and more resources allowed firefighters to get a handle on the blaze. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

So far, about 390 acres have burned in the rugged area, three miles outside of Glenwood Springs. As of yesterday evening, nearly 30 percent of the fire had been contained.

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Wildlife
7:49 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Drought, Forest Overgrowth Contributors to Red Canyon Fire

Hank Van Berlo points to where the Red Canyon Fire is burning across from the firefighters' "safe zone."
Marci Krivonen

Strong winds yesterday, whipped up flames on a wildfire burning south of Glenwood Springs. The Red Canyon Fire grew to 350 acres and mandatory evacuations forced 15 families from their homes. The fire is burning in rugged terrain, in a Pinyon/Juniper forest. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen was with firefighters when the blaze blew up and started creeping toward them. She filed this report.

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Wildfire
6:43 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Building a New Google Earth... for Firefighters

[Photo: Esther Godson]

For firefighters, each new blaze presents different challenges. Where to get water... the boundaries between private and public property.. access roads and other details can be crucial to getting control of a fire. To make that easier, the Forest Service and other agencies are building their own Google Earth program.

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