AirTalk for June 29, 2012

President Obama visits Colorado as fires rage on

Colorado's High Park Fire Burns 37,000 Acres, Forces Evacuations

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Onlookers watch as the High Park Fire in Larimer County has burns on

President Obama visits Colorado today, after declaring the state a federal disaster area with multiple wildfires raging.

In Colorado Springs, the Waldo Canyon fire has turned deadly, killing one person and burning over three hundred homes. Local authorities say they’re hopeful that weather conditions today allow them to advance on that fire, which is 15% contained. The cost of fighting these fires has topped $5 million.

How much federal funding will be required to get the wildfires under control? And how will residents – and the tourism industry – recover?

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Megan Verlee, reporter for Colorado Public Radio. (She’s in a small partly evacuated town on the Western Side of the Rockies)


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