Kirk Siegler

Reporter

Kirk Siegler reports for NPR, based out of NPR West in California.

Siegler grew up near Missoula, MT, and received a B.A. in journalism from the University of Colorado.  He’s an avid skier and traveler in his spare time.

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3:52pm

Fri March 25, 2011
Environment

Forest Plan Overhaul Sparks Controversy

Environmentalists brought a bear mascot to a public meeting in Golden about National Forest planning
Photo by Kirk Siegler

The Obama Administration has been holding public meetings throughout the region on a sweeping new proposed National Forest planning rule.  This is the big one, the document that guides local forest plans which dictate everything from where mountain bikers can ride to which trees can be logged.  They’re always controversial and the current new national proposed rule up for comment seems to be no exception.

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6:15pm

Thu March 24, 2011
Colorado Wildfires

Forest Managers: Federal Resources For Firefighting Stable

USFS Rocky Mountain Regional Forester speaks to reporters at a wildfire forecast briefing in Lakewood.
Photo by Kirk Siegler

Forest managers say they’re confident they will have the money they need to fight large and costly wildfires like the one burning in the foothills west of Denver and a new fire that sparked Thursday in Douglas County.

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3:37pm

Wed March 23, 2011
Colorado Wildfires

Cooler Weather, Calmer Winds Aid Fire Crews

Unwelcome smoke and ash has been a staple in downtown Golden for the past few days
Photo by Kirk Siegler

Firefighters on the Indian Gulch blaze just west of Golden continued to get the upper hand Wednesday afternoon thanks to calmer winds that allowed air crews to resume water drops. 

A portion of Highway 6 at the entrance to Clear Creek Canyon was closed for a time Wednesday while helicopters dumped water on the fire.  Authorities were worried the water may trigger rock slides onto the road.

Fire managers reported they had the fire 25% contained.  It has grown to 1,211 acres since it first started Sunday morning.

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7:16pm

Tue March 22, 2011
Colorado Wildfires

Fire Crews Gaining Ground on Golden Wildfire

The Indian Gulch Fire fire burns in Golden Gate Canyon Tuesday.
Photo by Kirk Siegler

A thick blanket of smoke and ash swirled around downtown Golden throughout Tuesday afternoon and into the evening as winds fueled the 1,200 acre Indian Gulch Fire west of town. 

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2:42pm

Tue March 22, 2011
Colorado Wildfires

Gusty Winds Ground Air Attack on Indian Gulch Fire

One of three air tankers grounded by gust winds.
Kirk Siegler

Gusty winds are hampering crews as they struggle to get the upper hand on a large wildfire west of Golden. Air tankers did drop fire retardant and water on the 1,200 acre Indian Gulch Fire this morning, but the air attack has been grounded.

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