A Matter of Time

By Hal Walter I was running with Teddy the Junkyard Jack down Music Pass in preparation for the upcoming pack-burro races when I first saw the smoke from the Hayden Pass fire. I knew at once these were not cumulus clouds with their billowing heads, amber undersides and dull rainbows in the folds. I had […]

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Air Power – Fighting Wildfires from the Sky

By Ron Sering Prior to the end of World War II, planes were deployed to wildfires as spotters. At the end of the war, with a good supply of surplus bombers, many were quickly deployed as air tankers, dropping water and chemical retardant to support the ground crews. Helicopters are used as well, to make […]

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John Mattingly: The War on Fire

By John Mattingly Wildfires are not inspired by ISIS, but the war on fire and the war on terror share a few futilities. Fighting fire is somewhat like squaring off against the sun. Sun, water and earth combine to form carbohydrates and sometimes nitrogenized carbohydrates (proteins), all of which burn through either combustion or metabolism […]

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Places: Hayden Creek to Big Cottonwood

Hope on the Rainbow Trail Story by Ericka Kastner Photos by Ryan Kempfer This month’s Places column is dedicated to the families and their animal companions who have been evacuated from their homes by the Hayden Pass Fire and the firefighters who braved the flames.

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From the Editor: Fire on the Mountain

By Mike Rosso July 10 was a crystal clear, blue sky, Colorado day when my friend Julia and I decided to take a hike on the Colorado Trail up on Monarch Pass. That same day, the temperature recorded at Denver International Airport hit 101 degrees, setting a record high for that date. But we were […]

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Tough Month

It’s been an abysmal news cycle in Colorado since our last issue. First, we had one of the worst fires in our state’s history. 346 homes were destroyed on the edge of Colorado Springs in the 18,247-acre Waldo Canyon fire which started on June 23. As of press time, the cause has yet been determined. […]

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New settlement patterns increase fire risks

Brief by Allen Best Fire – September 2007 – Colorado Central Magazine USA Today reports a major influx of new residents in the semi-rural areas of the West, setting the stage for potentially costly and — and deadly — wildfires. The newspaper analyzed population figures to conclude that roughly 450,000 people have moved into these […]

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Spontaneous combustion

Brief by Allen Best Fire – July 2007 – Colorado Central Magazine It was, said one shop-owner, the most interesting thing that happened in Crested Butte during the spring shoulder-season. A storage shed located in the town park spontaneously combusted.

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The burning threat to the Sangres

Article by Tom Wolf Fire – August 1994 – Colorado Central Magazine Wildfire is burning in the Wet Mountain Valley. I smell the smoke before I see it. If I were alone here, I might be glad for a stirring burn; we’re a century or so overdue.

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