The Colorado Springs-based Global SuperTanker says the U.S. Forest Service is seeking to keep the plane grounded by offering a contract limiting firefighting aircraft to 5,000 gallons.
As if the flames were not formidable enough, fire management crews have a new and different problem on their hands when they go to work: drones.
A volunteer who checks Hanging Lake regularly spotted this latest graffiti; arriving so soon after the perpetrator that the paint was still wet.
The Forest Service is exploring ways to welcome visitors to the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, while at the same time preventing damage to popular areas.
The Beaver Creek Fire erupted in an area with a heavy concentration of beetle-killed trees. That's put firefighters at risk and forced a fundamental change in suppression tactics.
The good news: The mountain pine beetle is back to normal levels. The bad news: The spruce beetle is an active epidemic.
Environmental groups have found success in challenging federal coal leases. They hope to further that success in Colorado this year.
- The jobs will include fire protection, trail management, forestry, engineering, wildlife, recreation, fisheries, archaeology and administrative support work.Read more
- Environmentalists fear potential damage to the environment and wildlife corridor along Middle Boulder Creek that could result from expansion that could include a new detachable six-chair ski lift.Read more