Black Forest Fire
Six Fort Carson civilian firefighters are in Washington state to help battle wildfires.
Thousands of people have been evacuated because of the dozens of wildfires burning in the Pacific Northwest. The situation is so bad that Colorado crews are crossing state lines to aid in the fight.
Some people who lost their homes in the Black Forest Fire will have to find another place to stay while they rebuild.
Dr. Kevin Trenberth at the National Center for Atmospheric Research believes climate change is making wildfires fires bigger.
The only thing left for many residents was a cluster of blackened pine trees.
The large, destructive wildfires and major flooding that have ravaged Colorado in recent years often gave responders little warning.
Investigators in El Paso County say there isn’t enough evidence to file criminal charges right now in connection with the Black Forest Fire.
Colorado will begin a new strategy for fighting wildfires in the coming weeks, deploying aircraft designed to pinpoint the location of blazes quicker after the first sighting of smoke with the aim of beginning suppression efforts faster.
After the Alkali Fire charred roughly 21,000 acres of brush and grass in northwestern Colorado last month, the state’s so-far timid wildfire season limped meekly through July. Colorado’s wildfire season in 2014 has been very mild by comparison.
The Black Forest Fire investigation is now in the hands of the district attorney.