Highway 24 and Pikes Peak Highway closed; pre-evacuation notices in parts of Woodland Park and evacuations at Air Force Academy Camp
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Helped by a massive aerial attack, firefighters managed to gain a toehold against the 4,500-acre Waldo Canyon Fire near Colorado Springs. Fire officials said late Monday that the fire is 5 percent contained and estimated full containment by mid-July.
SUMMIT COUNTY — Officials at the 3,400-acre Waldo Canyon Fire, near Colorado Springs, said Monday morning they are preparing a more aggressive attack against the fire where possible, and establishing significant fire lines with bulldozers to protect the northern flank, where several spotfires have burned toward Eagle Camp.
“We expect winds out of south … and terrain to be factors … we have more room to work in that direction,” spokesman Greg Huele said during the morning briefing.
More firefighters pouring into Colorado; military tanker planes to help battle blazes starting Monday
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — The Waldo Canyon Fire, burning west of Colorado Springs, grew to at least 3,600 acres Sunday, but firefighters were able to protect at-risk structures from the flames that sometimes burned as near a a quarter miles to homes.
As of 9:15 p.m. Sunday evening, the fire was reported at 3,600 acres and zero containment.
Forest Service, Colorado Springs Utility ignore endangered species laws
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Rare and threatened greenback cutthroat trout are struggling in Colorado and need every good bit of aquatic habitat they can get. One of the most genetically pure populations lives in the Bear Creek drainage, west of Colorado Springs, but environmentalists say dirt bike riding near the stream poses a serious threat to their survival.
The population of cutthroat trout in Bear Creek is one of a kind and deserves better protection than it’s getting,” said Center for Biological Diversity endangered species director Noah Greenwald, explaining why the conservation group is getting ready to file a lawsuit to try and halt motorized use on the trail.
The Center for Biological Diversity filed formal notices of intent to sue the Pike National Forest and Colorado Springs Utility, charging that they’re not living up to the requirements of the Endangered Species Act to protect listed species. Greenback cutthroat trout have been listed since 1973 and state and federal agencies have made some progress in recovering the species. Continue reading “Colorado: Lawsuit planned to protect threatened trout”→
SUMMIT COUNTY — Since we’ve been running food-related features for the past few weeks, I thought it would be a good time to go through the archives and post a few pics to whet your appetite. I tried to include a diverse selection to show the amazing variety of things that we ingest to nurture and sustain ourselves — and they’re all equally tasty, including the hot dog above and the fine and fancy desert in the picture below. Meanwhile, don’t forget to check Summit Voice each Thursday or Friday for the latest food features from contributing writer Tom Castrigno, a long-time local chef with a passion for quality. Click here to see his last few stories and don’t hesitate to contact us with ideas for food stories.
Upper Blue through Breckenridge eyed for potential flooding
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — Water managers from both sides of the Continental Divide said all reservoirs will easily fill this year as a record-setting snowpack starts to melt during the next few weeks. In some places, snow levels are at record levels, said Denver Water’s Bob Steger, speaking at the annual State of the River meeting in Frisco.
Rather than worrying having enough, the big concern this year is for the potential of flooding in many local river basins, including the Upper Blue between Hoosier Pass and Breckenridge. where Colorado Springs usually diverts up to 150 cubic feet per second of water through a pipeline under the Continental Divide.