Overnight a disturbance passes through parts of S Colorado... this will bring a push of moisture falling as rain in the Plains with a few late night/early morning showers possible in Pueblo. For the Palmer Divide, N & W El Paso Co. and Teller Co. it will fall as snow... bringing a few additional inches of accumulation in mainly between 1am and 6am, lingering into the mid morning. Winds also pick up overnight with gusts into the 40s, the winds look to continue across much of S Colo. through the day Sunday.... head over to the "Weather" tab for more information.
The US Forest Service says it has decided to stop using a firefighting slurry made by Fire-Trol Incorporated because laboratory tests show it can be toxic to aquatic life.
Fire-Trol is based in Phoenix and is protesting the decision with the General Accounting Office. The G-A-O declined to comment on the case. Company spokesman Robert Crouch says the Forest Service will continue using Fire-Trol products until its contract with the company expires in 2004.
Officials say lab tests show that when Fire-Trol brands are exposed to sun and water -- they briefly can release small amounts of cyanide that could harm fish. Fire-Trol says there is no evidence outside a lab.
Officials say an estimated five million gallons of Fire-Trol products have been used on Colorado wildfires this year.