Drought

June 23, 2013--In Colorado, wildfires may drive up costs of living in paradise (Los Angles Times)

As five major wildfires rage at the onset of a fire season far from over, many in this state are saying the time has come to consider toughening building regulations and shifting some fire protection costs to those who live in danger zones. After the deadly 2012 Waldo fire — at the time the most damaging in state history, with 346 homes lost and two deaths — Gov.


June 23, 2013--West Fork fire complex in Colorado feeding on beetle-ravaged forests (Denver Post)

Wildfires spread to an estimated 66,200 acres Saturday in spruce-beetle-ravaged forests, continuing to imperil tourist towns on the west edge of Colorado's San Luis Valley.


June 21, 2013--Climate: Another grim year for Lake Powell (Summit Voice)

With May inflow into Lake Powell less than half the long-term average, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is projecting that total reservoir storage in the Colorado River Basin will dip to about 29.3 million acre feet.


June 21, 2013--Wildfire threatens Colorado mountain town of 400 residents; chances of saving Southfork slim (Fox News)

A massive wildfire is headed toward a Colorado mountain town, and fire managers say the chances of saving it are slim. The tourist town of South Fork was evacuated Friday morning as the 47-square-mile acre West Fork Fire moved closer.


June 17, 2013--Firefighters to safeguard Wolf Creek Ski Area (Durango Herald)

Temperatures were expected to be 10 degrees hotter today, with wind gusts reaching 40 to 50 mph, creating adverse conditions for firefighters battling two wildfires northeast of Pagosa Springs. The Windy Pass Fire, 129 acres in size, was burning in a deep bowl filled with large standing dead spruce trees about three miles south of Wolf Creek Ski Area.


June 16, 2013--Explosive and expensive wildfires in Colorado becoming "new normal" (Denver Post)

As gathering smoke from the Black Forest fire grew into a massive column north of Colorado Springs on Tuesday afternoon after the fire exploded, El Paso County Sheriff Terry M


June 16, 2013--Fracking fuels water fights in nation's dry spots (Denver Post)

The latest domestic energy boom is sweeping through some of the nation's driest pockets, drawing millions of gallons of water to unlock oil and gas reserves from beneath the Earth's surface.

June 13, 2013--No doubt: It’s a bad drought (Durango Herald)

The drought conditions that have a firm grip on Southwest Colorado don’t show signs of releasing their hold quickly, a climatologist at the National Drought Mitigation Center said Wednesday. The three-month outlook appears dry and hot.


June 13, 2013--Colorado Springs fire now most destructive in state history (Greeley Tribune)

A wildfire burning northeast of Colorado Springs has destroyed at least 360 homes, making it the most destructive in state history. El Paso County sheriff Terry Maketa said Thursday that deputies still haven’t been able to verify the condition of 79 homes as the wildfire continues to burn. So it’s possible the figure could rise even higher.


June 13, 2013--Satellite data will be essential to future of groundwater, flood and drought management (Science Daily)

New satellite imagery reveals that several areas across the United States are all but certain to suffer water-related catastrophes, including extreme flooding, drought and groundwater depletion. The paper, to be published in Science this Friday, June 14, underscores the urgent need to address these current and rapidly emerging water issues at the national scale.


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