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Wildfires Rage across the West

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Image-for-WWLA.jpgIn the suburbs of Colorado Springs, residents are discovering what happens when a forest fire comes to town. Some cars are nothing but charred metal and some homes are burned to the ground, while, in the same neighborhood, other houses have not been touched. President Obama calls the Waldo Fire a "major disaster," while blazes rage in four other states as well. The federal government will pay for most of the fire-fighting.  Critics say that’s one reason local governments allow housing developments too close to forests that are increasingly likely to burn.

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Guests:
Jeremy Meyer - Denver Post - @jpmeyerDPost, Ray Rasker - Headwaters Economics, Harris Sherman - US Department of Agriculture, Kevin Jeffries - California State Assembly - @AsmJeffries, Michael Kodas - author and journalist - @MichaelKodas

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Katie Cooper, Anna Scott, Gideon Brower