In the aftermath of the Waldo Canyon fire officials are gearing up to prepare for potential flooding beneath burn zones, especially along Highway 24.
Even years after the 2002 Hayman fire, charred lands still couldn't absorb rain; the result was a flash flood that wiped out miles of Highway... more »
More than a dozen firefighters from Southern Colorado are heading to Larimer County to join the lines of the High Park Fire. Volunteers and trucks from Colorado Springs, Fountain, Manitou Springs, Canon City and Westcliffe are all working the fire lines as part of a 500 person ground force.
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One by one, across a thousand burned acres, new life takes root in the Pike National Forest. In the decade since the Hayman fire, the US Forest Service has planted nearly a million trees.
Forester Chris Kuennen says it's slow work because there are only two to three weeks... more »
Nearly a million trees have been planted as part of a large scale reforestation program in the decade following the state's largest wildfire. Work crews are planting approximately 150,000 Ponderosa pine and Douglas fir seedlings in a 1,100 acre section of the Hayman burn area of the Pike National Forest.... more »
The Colorado Springs Fire Department has tested vegetation (fuel moisture) in the city and the department is finding a disturbing trend - we're drying out. Way out.
Firefighters say the situation is turning critical and conditions are mimicking what it was like in 2002, when the Hayman Fire burned... more »
Colorado Springs firefighters say the dry, windy conditions we've been experiencing remind them of 2002. That's when the Hayman fire happened. The Hayman fire is the largest recorded wildland fire in Colorado history, burning 135,000 acres.
Fire crews say they train and make sure they and their equipment are... more »
Insurance industry officials believe the fire that scorched about 6,200 acres west of Boulder will be the costliest in Colorado's history, surpassing the 2002 Hayman fire that blackened 138,000 acres.
Carole Walker of the Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association said Thursday that the wildfire will be the state's most... more »
The U.S. Forest Service, Vail Resorts Inc. and the National Forest Foundation are teaming on a $4 million, three-year project to restore habitat harmed by Colorado's worst wildfire in history. The Hayman fire destroyed 600 buildings, including 133 homes, as it burned trees and vegetation on about 215 square miles... more »