Fri September 6, 2013

After Active Fire Season, MAFFS Mission Ends

Robert Couse-Baker Creative-Commons Flickr

After being activated in June for the Black Forest Fire near Colorado Springs, and other western wildfires, the U.S. Forest Service is releasing the U.S. military C-130 MAFFS fleet from service.

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Thu September 5, 2013
The Two-Way

California Rim Fire Was Started By Hunter's 'Illegal' Fire

A firefighter uses a hose to douse the flames of the Rim Fire on Saturday near Groveland, California.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

The wildfire still burning north of Yosemite National Park — you know, the one that has charred 237,341 acres and was at one point one of the largest fires in recent California history — was started by a hunter's illegal fire.

The U.S. Forest Service said in a statement that its investigators had concluded that the Rim Fire "began when a hunter allowed an illegal fire to escape."

Authorities, said the Forest Service, have made no arrest and they are not releasing the name of the hunter.

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Thu September 5, 2013

Will Future Homeowners Have To Deal With Wildfire Risk Ratings?

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As The Denver Post notes, "Protecting homes from wildfires is increasingly costly . Nearly 1 million acres of forest in Colorado contain residential and commercial development. That area is expected to top 2 million acres by 2030." Under a proposal, current and future homes in the wildland-urban interface may face mitigation standards and higher insurance costs.
Source: Denverpost
More than 556,000 homes built in forest burn zones in Colorado could be rated for wildfire risk and the information made available to insurers under plans considered Wednesday by a state task force.


Wed September 4, 2013

Red Canyon Firefighting Costs Top $1 Million

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 5:28 pm

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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Sun September 1, 2013

Colorado Still Seeking Solutions For Wildfire Risks

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"The fundamental problem is we're living in Colorado because we love nature," Andrew Dunham of Colorado College tells the Denver Post. "And nature burns." That love of nature contributes to a growing Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI), expected to reach 2.2 million acres by 2030. Now policies of fire suppression, drought, local controls and natural problems like pine beetles are contributing to increased fire dangers - and prompting a search for solutions.
Source: Denverpost
A governor's task force and a legislative committee have been exploring possible solutions to problems that continue to grow as more and more people move into Colorado's "red zones," the high fire-risk areas that more than one-fourth of the state's population calls home.