A team of scientists has been examining damaged land to understand the flood risks associated with the fire. KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin recently traveled to Cascade to see the science behind the assessments, and to understand why flooding becomes such a risk after a fire.
The Waldo Canyon Fire has burned nearly 18,000 acres near Colorado Springs. As of Sunday evening, the blaze was 55% contained. It has damaged almost 350 homes in the city and is responsible for two deaths.
President Obama’s major disaster declaration will allow U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to offer foreclosure relief and other assistance to certain families living in El Paso and Larimer Counties who have been affected by the Waldo Canyon and High Park fires.