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Federal forest chief calls for pause on prescribed burns amid dangerous fire conditions

The U.S. Forest Service has been facing much criticism for the prescribed fire in New Mexico that escaped its containment lines in April and joined with another blaze to form what is now the largest fire burning in the U.S.

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Code enforcement officer blamed for starting 3,000-acre fire that burned homes in southeast Colorado

The Fort Lyon fire moved swiftly from where the code officer was burning limbs, burning homes and forcing 200 people to evacuate

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1 million Colorado buildings are threatened by wildfire. The risk is highest in suburban counties.

Modeling from group that tracks risk related to climate change reports that in the next 30 years, 19% more homes in Colorado will be threatened by wildfire, the largest increase in the U.S.

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PHOTOS: Summit County torches 400 acres of beetle-kill ahead of wildfire season

Last of the burning piles were ignited ahead of warmer, dryer months in Colorado

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Boulder County commissioners adopt fire-resistant requirements for homes on eastern grassy plains

Boulder County commissioners adopted the requirements, sparked by the disastrous Marshall fire, in a 3-0 vote Thursday

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Democrats abandon their pursuit of wildfire building code as Colorado’s 2022 legislative session ends

There are already dozens of pending bills being held up by Republican stall tactics on the last day of session.

Politics and Government

Majority of homeowners trying to rebuild after the Marshall fire may be massively underinsured, analysis finds

The Colorado Division of Insurance says the total amount of underinsurance may be as high as $179 million

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Gusts, dryness could fan spring wildfires again

Red flag warnings of extreme wildfire danger have been issued for Colorado, other states

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Fire tore through a Colorado ranch sanctuary. The humans are fine, but the damage is deep.

May Ranch near Lamar has transformed itself into a sustainable, nationally recognized conservation champion, home to endangered species. A wildfire threatens much of the gain.

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Colorado officials warn 2022 could be the worst wildfire year in state history

An additional $20 million in funding will help prepare the state in its firefighting efforts, officials said Friday during a presentation on this year’s wildfire outlook. 

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Fire crews halt spread of wildfire in northern Colorado Springs, evacuation orders lifted

Wind gusts up to 50 mph were recorded near the fire, the National Weather Service in Pueblo said.

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Wind-fueled fire destroyed or damaged 15 buildings in San Luis Valley town

Crews continued to assess the damage in Monte Vista Thursday, the town’s police chief said.

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Strong winds this week could lead to explosive fire growth in Colorado, the West

Hundreds of people have been evacuated because of wildfires burning in New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado. Popular lakes and national monuments have been closed — some because fire has moved directly over them.

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Several homes destroyed after fire ignites in San Luis Valley town

No injuries have been reported and the police department has not received any reports of missing persons, Monte Vista Police Chief George Dingfelder said

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“An incredible frustration”: Boulder County fire officials have long sought better wildfire escape routes

The concern about escape paths has gained new urgency after the 2021 Marshall fire destroyed more than 1,000 homes in Boulder County.

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Grassland fires destroy two homes in southeast Colorado

The cause of the fires is unknown

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Boulder County officials propose fire-resistant requirements for homes in eastern grassy plains

Fire-resistant requirements have long been required for homeowners in the foothills of unincorporated Boulder County.

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Louisville allows Marshall fire victims to rebuild under older, less-stringent codes

New building codes include a requirement to have electric vehicle charging infrastructure and all-electric systems

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Charges dropped in case of Danish man accused of starting Spring Creek fire near La Veta in 2018

Jesper Joergensen has been at the Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo, but was expected to be released on Monday afternoon.

Crime and Courts

Silt seeks long-term drinking water solution after Grizzly Creek fire, mudslides tainted Colorado River

The small town down the river from Glenwood Canyon has struggled with additional water filtration, costly repairs ever since the burn

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