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Wildfire smoke drives people in low-vaccinated areas indoors, raising outbreak fears

Smoke and unrelenting heat have driven people to seek refuge at libraries, movie theaters, museums and other indoor venues

Coronavirus

The West is baking, burning and drying out. These numbers explain why and how.

"It is a story of cascading impacts," climate scientist John Abatzoglou said, as the West weathers "an epically dry year followed by incredible heat the last two months and now we have fires."

Climate

Fuel shortage could ground firefighting aircrafts in the West during a potentially ferocious wildfire season

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Drier springs bring hotter summers in the withering Southwest

New research reveals a positive feedback loop with negative consequences linked to lower springtime humidity across an already parched landscape

Climate

“Fireworks right now are a terrible idea”: Drought woes in the dry West stoke July 4 fire fears

People setting off fireworks at home is a concern because of both the tinder-box conditions ripe for starting wildfires and the threat of injuries.

Wildfire

As wildfires rage in the West, Biden temporarily raises federal firefighter pay to $15/hr

Biden's plan would add or convert to full-time nearly 1,000 firefighters across a host of agencies

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Wildlife officials ask anglers not to fish the Dolores River for the first time ever as rain fails to dent Western Slope drought

Fish and wildlife leaders say they have their eye on potential closures of the Animas and San Juan rivers as well.

Outdoors

U.S. seeks to bolster firefighter ranks by boosting pay and benefits as wildfires increase

Officials at National Interagency Fire Center on Tuesday raised the national wildfire preparedness level to 4 on a 1-5 scale, the second earliest dating back to 1990.

Politics and Government

Second mudslide from Grizzly Creek burn scar closes I-70 through Glenwood Canyon

Fire managers last summer warned the scar left 32,000-acre fire in and above Glenwood Canyon was a threat to the highway in some areas.

Transportation

Here are the wildfires currently burning across Colorado

Lightning sparked three of the largest wildfires burning right now in the state

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Colorado prison inmates fight wildfires while they’re serving time, but can’t get hired when they get out

A new law signed by Gov. Jared Polis is intended to help former prison inmates who worked on fire crews get jobs in the fire service after release.

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20 years of planning saved Rocky Mountain National Park from the worst of the East Troublesome fire. It will take 20 more to fix the damage.

“We’ve been fighting this fire for 20 years,” Rocky Mountain National Park's fire manager says. The work kept two of the largest Colorado wildfires on record from laying waste to the third busiest park in the national system.

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Opinion: Climate change is making Rocky Mountain forests more flammable now than at any time in the past 2,000 years

The records of past fires preserved in the sediment of 20 lakes in the central Rocky Mountains showed that areas that used to burn once every 230 years now can be expected to burn every 117 years.

Climate

Northwest Colorado under “extremely critical” fire warning for first time in 15 years as Western Slope drought worsens

About 45% of Colorado, all west of the Continental Divide, now in some state of drought

Environment

Grim western fire season starts much drier than 2020’s record year

A climate change-fueled megadrought of more than 20 years is making conditions that lead to fire even more dangerous

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Nearly half of Colorado emerges from drought conditions while Western Slope remains dry and at risk for fire

Precipitation has quenched 48% of the state even as the Western Slope dries out

Environment

Colorado-based Global SuperTanker firefighting plane may be sold to assist COVID-19 response

Domestically, the SuperTanker has been used mostly in California and in Oregon in 2018

Wildfire

Colorado-based Global Supertanker, the world’s largest firefighting plane, is shut down as fire season begins

The Global SuperTanker is a converted Boeing 747 plane that can dump up to 19,200 gallons of water or flame retardant in just six seconds

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Matriarch of Colorado outdoor volunteerism stepping down from “mothership of community stewardship”

Ann Baker Easley has served nearly 40 years growing and wrangling a network of volunteers across Colorado. She’s retiring from Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado as funds flow and volunteers waitlists grow.

Outdoors

Colorado is expecting another explosive wildfire year, but the state may be more prepared this time

The state’s Wildfire Preparedness Plan, released Thursday, notes that even as 2021 is shaping up to repeat the chaos of last year, agencies are collaborating more and have better support.

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