Mobile Version
Free Internet Press
  Uncensored News For Real People

FIP Year In Review

FIP Month in Review

FIP Archive Search

Multiple Discoveries from NASA's New Horizons Pluto Mission

R.I.P. William 'Bill' Herbert Kelder - Intellpuke

Gamers Donate 37,500 Pounds Of Food To Needy

Statement From The Whitehouse Regarding The Government Shutdown

An Open Response To 'Organizing for Action'

Bayou Corne: The Biggest Ongoing Disaster In The U.S. You Have Not Heard Of

Boston Mayor Hopes Feds 'Throw the Book' at Marathon Bombing Suspect

Boston Police Closing In On Suspects

2 Explosions At Boston Marathon. 2 Dead, Many Injured.

The Press vs Citizens Rights and Privacy - Act 3

CBS News - Year In Review 2012 - 366 Days: 2012 In Review

The Guardian - 2012 In Review: An Interactive Guide To The Year That Was

TruTV - The Biggest Conspiracy Theories of 2012

Colbert Nation: 2012: A Look Back

FIP Year In Review(s?)

Happy Holidays

Welcome To A New Era!

An Open Letter To United Health Care, Medcom, And The Medical Insurance Industry In General

Whitehouse Petition To Remove "Under God" and "In God" From Currency And The Pledge.

December 21, 2012

If Hillary Clinton Ran For President, She Would Probably Be The Best-prepared Candidate In American History

CIA Director David Petraeus Resigns After FBI Investigation Uncovers Affair With High-Profile Journalist

FIP Format Update

Thank you for voting.

Live Election Results

FIP In Hiatus

U.S.-Afghan Military Operations Suspended After Attacks

Iran Nuclear Chief Says IAEA Might Be Infiltrated By 'Terrorists And Saboteurs'

Romney Stands By Gaffe

President Obama Approves Recovery Funds For Wildifire-Stricken Colorado
2012-06-29 17:35:40 (217 weeks ago)
Posted By: Intellpuke
U.S. President Barack Obama declared Colorado a major disaster area ahead of his visit to the now fatal wildfire in Colorado Springs on Friday, freeing up federal funds for the response effort.

Fire officials said ahead of his arrival they were now making "great strides" in controlling the wildfire, which exploded out of the foothills earlier this week destroying nearly 350 homes and forcing more than 30,000 to flee.

They confirmed the first fatality in the fire, with the discovery of human remains in the Mountain Shadows neighborhood, one of the most severely burnt districts. There were reports of another person missing from the same home.

The fatality – and emotional scenes on Thursday night as residents got their first official notice their homes were destroyed – cast a sombre moment on a day when fire officials were confident they now had the upper hand over a wild and unpredictable fire.

Evacuation orders were lifted on a number of areas, and normal operations resumed at the air force academy, a portion of which had been evacuated because of the wildfire.

Fire officials said they hoped to lift more evacuation orders later on Friday though residents would not be able to return permanently to neighborhoods until electricity and other services was restored.

"We made great strides yesterday. We were able to up our containment to at least 15%, and 15% is a lot," said Jerri Marr, of the U.S. Forest Service. "We feel with a lot of confidence, based on the weather, that we are going to be able to up that number by the end of the day. We are going to make a lot of progress.

(story continues below)

Some 1,100 firefighters were now working to beat back the wildfire behind containment lines. The effort got additional aerial support on Friday in the form of four more U.S. Air Force C-130s. The planes have been dropping thousands of gallons of bright orange flame retardant on the containment lines.

Some fire officials were so hopeful as to suggest the wildfire could be entirely contained within a few days. For others, however, the ordeal is just beginning.

Hundreds of residents got their first definitive confirmation on Thursday night that they had lost their homes in the wildfire. "We had seen some pictures, but the meeting, and seeing so many others in the same situation, just made it all seem real," said Rebekah Largent.

Her family was renting their apartment in the Mountain Shadows neighborhood. But she said she lost her wedding dress and the rocking chair she used to put her baby to sleep.

The White House said President Obama's visit was intended to offer some support to families in a similar predicament, as well as to thank firefighters who are struggling against record wildfires.

The funds announced on Friday will be used to help the state cope with the aftermath of the fire, and also include job and psychological counseling, the White House said.

But the visit to a battleground state just months before the elections was politically sensitive. Local television is already running blanket campaign ads. Colorado Springs, because of the air force base, is seen as a Republican stronghold.

Local officials were insistent that the security preparations for President Obama's visit, which was to include a tour of affected areas and visits with firefighters, would not distract from that progress.

"Colorado Springs does not have the assets to help with the presidential visit," Steve Cox, an adviser to the city's mayor told reporters.

He said there would be limited road blocks and no interruption in airborne fire operations because of the visit.

Intellpuke: You can read this article by Guardian U.S. Environment Correspondent Suzanne Goldenberg, reporting form Colorado Springs, Colorado, in context here:

Email To A Friend
Email this story to a friend:
Your Name:
Their Email:
Readers Comments
Add your own comment.
(Anonymous commenting now enabled.)

Creative Commons License
Free Internet Press is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 United States License. You may reuse or distribute original works on this site, with attribution per the above license.

Any mirrored or quoted materials may be copyright their respective authors, publications, or outlets, as shown on their publication, indicated by the link in the news story. Such works are used under the fair use doctrine of United States copyright law. Should any materials be found overused or objectionable to the copyright holder, notification should be sent to, and the work will be removed and replaced with such notification.

Please email with any questions.

Our Privacy Policy can be viewed at

XML/RSS/RDF Newsfeed Syndication XML/RSS/RDF Newsfeed Syndication:

XML/RSS/RDF Newsfeed Syndication XML News Sitemap