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8 months 2 days ago

Black Forest fire investigation clears Chief Harvey

BLACK FOREST, Colo - The Black Forest Fire/Rescue Protection District released an executive summary Wednesday outlining the findings of an independent investigation into the response to the Black Forest Fire. The investigation was sparked by allegations that Fire Chief Bob Harvey did not properly handle the initial fire response, did...

2 years 5 months ago

Downed tree clean-up continues

Clean-up continues in the Sangre de Cristos on downed trees. Because of restrictions in wilderness areas, they're having to use handheld two-man saws in many areas, which requires each sawyer to be certified. We will have the latest today on News 5. -Lacey Steele Sent from my iPhone

2 years 6 months ago

Battling the Pine Beetle

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. (AP) - Rocky Mountain National Park is planning several steps to mitigate the effects of a bark beetle outbreak on its trees. Over the next two months, the park plans to protect up to 6,700 high-value trees in developed areas from being infected by beetles...

3 years 4 months ago

National forest shooters damaging trees

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - National Forest rangers are trying to limit damage to trees splintered by thousands of bullets by people using them for target practice. U.S. Forest Service ranger Frank Landis says about two acres of trees have been cleared by bullets in the Pike National Forest,...

4 years 1 week ago

Yellowing Pine Needles Normal in Autumn

We're used to seeing golden aspen leaves in autumn, but yellow or brown needles on pine trees in unnerving. Thoughts of pine beetle deforestation come to mind. But the Colorado State Forest Service Cañon City District office is telling us not to worry, that most of the evergreen trees...

4 years 3 months ago

Fireworks warning for National Forests

The U.S. Forest Service, which includes the Pike and San Isabel National Forests, and the Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands reminds campers that fireworks are illegal on public lands. That means shooting off fireworks as well as even taking them with you on a camping trip. If lighting a...

4 years 4 months ago

Medano fire grows very slowly

The Medano Fire, burning on the north edge of the Sand Dunes National Park, grew only slightly since yesterday. It is now estimated as 4,891 acres, an increase of only 125 acres since Tuesday. There are just over 200 firefighters working the blaze, which is aimed only at containment....

4 years 4 months ago

Sand Dunes fire up to 3,000 acres

More warm weather is expected at the scene of a 3,000-acre wildfire burning on the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve in south-central Colorado. Park spokeswoman Carol Sperling says the fire isn't threatening park facilities, but is heading toward the San Isabel National Forest. More crews are expected...

4 years 4 months ago

Small fire burns near Sand Dunes

A small wildfire is burning in the Great Sand Dunes National Park northeast of Alamosa. The fire was started by lightning on June 6 and is located about four miles north of the park Visitor Center near Little Medano Creek. It is estimated at 17 acres in size and...

4 years 9 months ago

Wildfires destroy homes in Australia

Hundreds of people in western Australia have fled ahead of a wildfire that has destroyed nearly 40 homes. At least three people were injured as two major blazes burned out of control after breaking out Tuesday in a wheat and sheep farming district north of the coastal city of Perth....

4 years 10 months ago

Christmas tree permits now available

Some people are beginning to head to the mountains to cut down their own Christmas tree. Permits are now available for $10, limit two trees per household. If you plan to cut down your own tree the U.S. Forest service reminds you to be prepared for winter conditions. Take warm...

5 years 1 month ago

Forest Service apologizes to Hispanic campers

The U.S. Forest Service has apologized for suggesting that campers who eat tortillas, drink Tecate beer and play Spanish music may be armed marijuana growers, calling it "regrettable" and "insensitive." orest Service officials apologized to Colorado Hispanic leaders in a meeting two weeks ago and released a written apology this...

5 years 1 month ago

Firefighters continue work on blaze north of Nucla

Firefighters in southwest Colorado are still battling a lightning-sparked blaze that's threatening three cabins and an outbuilding. Fire officials say the nearly 2-square-mile wildfire had only moderate burning Monday with weaker than expected winds. The fire is on national forest land about 10 miles north of Nucla, 340 miles southwest...

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