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Western Wildfires

Flooding A Concern For Years To Come In Fire-Ravaged Areas

Posted 07.17.2012 | Denver

The recent rain is much-needed across Colorado, but it also creates flood concerns for fire-ravaged areas where the vegetation can no longer soak up r...

'Permanent Impairment Of The Ecosystem'

AP | SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN | Posted 07.15.2012 | Denver

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Nearly $25 million has already been spent to prepare for the immediate aftermath of this year's wildfires, putting the U.S. Fores...

Young Woman Fleeing Wildfire Crashes, Ignites Another Fire

AP | Posted 09.12.2012 | Green

ONTARIO, Ore. (AP) — A Colorado woman fleeing a deadly wildfire crashed on the way to her father's home in Oregon, sparking a new blaze in Idaho. ...

$50,000 Reward For Information On Fire Evacuee Burglars

AP | Posted 07.12.2012 | Denver

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Thirty-seven homes that were evacuated during Colorado's Waldo Canyon Fire were burglarized, and authorities are offering u...

Waldo Canyon Fire Fully Contained

AP | Posted 07.11.2012 | Denver

By ASSOCIATED PRESS COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The most destructive wildfire in Colorado history has been fully contained less than three weeks aft...

Waldo Canyon Fire Holds at 98 Percent Containment

Posted 07.10.2012 | Denver

The Waldo Canyon Fire, the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history, remains stuck at 98 percent containment due to smoke spotted near Blodgett P...

Thousands Of Wildfire Warnings Were Undelivered

AP | Posted 07.10.2012 | Denver

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- More than 20,000 evacuation calls were never delivered to residents in the path of a wildfire that destroyed about 350 home...

Salazar: The West Has Not Seen The End Of Wildfire Season

The Colorado Independent | Troy Hooper | Posted 07.10.2012 | Denver

From The Colorado Independent's Troy Hooper: Interior Secretary Ken Salazar surveyed his native state Monday where he declared there will be “bet...

Seasonal Firefighters Seek Health Care Coverage

AP | DAN ELLIOTT | Posted 09.08.2012 | Denver

DENVER — They work the front lines of the nation's most explosive wildfires, navigating treacherous terrain, dense walls of smoke and tall curta...

PHOTO: Wildfire Seen From Space Station

Posted 07.09.2012 | Green

By OurAmazingPlanet Staff: Astronauts and satellites alike have captured ominous images from space of a fast-growing wildfire that is blazing acros...

'Mother Nature Is Giving Us Some Relief'

Posted 07.09.2012 | Denver

After several days of rain drenched much of Colorado since the end of last week, Gov. John Hickenlooper lifted the statewide fire ban on Sunday that h...

Waldo Canyon Fire Near Full Containment

Posted 07.07.2012 | Denver

The Waldo Canyon Fire, the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history is finally near full containment -- as of Saturday morning, it is 98 percent ...

Waldo Canyon Fire Started Near Hiking Trail

AP | Posted 07.07.2012 | Denver

By ASSOCIATED PRESS DENVER -- Dispatch recordings show that Colorado's deadly Waldo Canyon wildfire appears to have started near a popular hiking t...

The West Is Burning

Gary Hart | Posted 09.05.2012 | Denver
Gary Hart

There is a special place in hell, wrote the immortal Dante, for those who, in times of moral crisis, preserve their neutrality. How much worse place in hell must there be for those who perversely destroy Nature herself in the interest of money?

Origin Of Waldo Canyon Fire Located

Posted 07.06.2012 | Denver

While officials have not yet said whether they know the cause of Waldo Canyon Fire, investigators in El Paso County say they have located its point of...

LOOK: NASA Image Of Waldo Canyon Fire Burn Scar

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 07.05.2012 | Denver

The Waldo Canyon Fire burning near Colorado Springs may be 90 percent contained, but it has left a scar on the state that will be viewable for years t...

New Threat Looming For Waldo Canyon Fire Victims

Posted 07.05.2012 | Denver

Although the Waldo Canyon Fire is now 90 percent contained as of Thursday, officials are warning of a new possible disaster for the region: flash floo...

Fire Dept.: Fireworks 'Not Worth The Risk' This Year

Posted 07.04.2012 | Denver

To date in 2012, more than 173,000 acres have already burned in Colorado, destroying more than 600 homes and taken six lives, 7News reports. Now with ...

Smoke From Western Wildfires Reaches Atlantic Ocean

Posted 07.03.2012 | Green

By Andrea Mustain, OurAmazingPlanet Staff Writer: Dozens of wildfires are raging around the western United States, and the large-scale burns are se...

Military Tankers To Resume Firefighting Tuesday

AP | DAN ELLIOTT | Posted 09.02.2012 | Denver

DENVER — Air Force tanker planes returned to the flight line for firefighting missions on Tuesday after a deadly weekend crash, bringing much-ne...

Waldo Canyon Fire Now 70 Percent Contained

Posted 07.05.2012 | Denver

The Waldo Canyon Fire, the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history having destroyed 346 homes, is 70 percent contained as of Monday night. Firef...

Fatal Crash Grounds Key Part Of Firefighting Fleet

Posted 07.03.2012 | Denver

By MEAD GRUVER and DAN ELLIOTT, ASSOCIATED PRESS COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- The deadly crash of a military cargo plane fighting a South Dakota...

LOOK: Colorado Wildfires As Seen From Air Force One Window

Posted 07.02.2012 | Denver

Last week, President Barack Obama toured the Mountain Shadow neighborhood devastated by the Waldo Canyon Fire to see the destruction firsthand. Bu...

PHOTOS: Obama Tours Waldo Canyon Fire

Posted 07.02.2012 | Denver

President Barack Obama toured the Mountain Shadow neighborhood devastated by the Waldo Canyon Fire to see the destruction firsthand last week. Pre...

Fire Evacuee Talks Monotony Of Shelter Life

AP | By THOMAS PEIPERT and MEAD GRUVER | Posted 07.02.2012 | Denver

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Saturday, June 30, and Sunday, July 1: Spending almost a week in an evacuation shelter as a single mother of three young c...