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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
10:09 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Thursday Updates For The Black Forest Fire, Other Colorado Wildfires

City of Colorado Springs

Originally published on Fri June 14, 2013 7:24 am

With new evacuations overnight, firefighters continue to battle the Black Forest Fire while other fires in Colorado are seeing some containment or slower growth.

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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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Wildfires
11:15 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Four Wildfires Now Burning In Colorado

Kirk Siegler NPR

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 7:38 am

Two days after the one year anniversary of the High Park Fire and ahead of the Waldo Canyon anniversary, Colorado’s wildfire season has started in earnest.

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Wildfire
6:33 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Fewer Firefighters, But Not Here

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The Forest Service isn’t hiring as many firefighters this year, compared to years past. That’s according to the agency’s top official. Tom Tidwell testified before Congress earlier this week. He said there will be five hundred fewer firefighters this year. That’s because of sequestration, or mandatory budget cuts. Bill Kight is with the White River National Forest. Aspen Public Radio asked whether those budget cuts will mean fewer firefighters for the Forest.

“Uh no, not really, we’re in good shape this year. We’re about the same number of folks we had last year.”

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