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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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Colorado competes with other states for wildfire-fighting aircraft. Climate change makes that a big problem.

Lawmakers have signed off on spending tens of millions of dollars to bolster Colorado’s access to fire-dousing planes and helicopters. That’s crucial as blazes grow bigger and more plentiful -- and erupt beyond summer.

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Colorado judge declines to drop charges against Danish man blamed for Spring Creek fire

Jesper Joergensen had overstayed his visa by the time a trash fire near his campsite exploded into the Spring Creek wildfire that burned homes near Fort Garland.

Crime and Courts

Investigators unable to determine cause of Cal-Wood fire, which destroyed 20 Boulder County homes

The fire started near Jamestown on Oct. 17 and burned more than 10,000 acres

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Climate change ravaged Colorado and the West with heat and drought in 2020. This year may be worse.

Coloradans also can look out their windows and see the “snow drought” forecasters are talking about when they say snow cover in the West is the worst it has been at any time in the last two decades.

Environment
Blue Mesa is Colorado’s 2nd largest reservoir was formed by Blue Mesa Dam, is a 390-foot-tall earthen fill dam across the Gunnison River near Gunnison, Colorado, completed in 1966 by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation as part of the Colorado River Storage Project. The Colorado River Storage Project was created to manage the Colorado River, provide water storage, flood control and create hydroelectric power. Blue Mesa Reservoir is approximately 30 miles long with 96 miles of shoreline and spreads over 14 square miles in area. The reservoir can hold 940,700 acre feet of water. The Gunnison River is the Colorado River's 5th largest tributary. Ice fishermen standing on the ice of Blue Mesa Reservoir beneath the Dillon Pinnacles give a sense of scale to Blue Mesa reservoir near Gunnison, Colorado on January 22, 2021. Normally the landscape around Blue Mesa is buried under deep snow. According to the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the statewide snowpack is currently at 73 percent of normal and the Gunnison Basin is at 50-70% of normal. Such low amounts of snow may create drought conditions. (Dean Krakel, Special to The Colorado Sun)

Western wildfires, drought, coronavirus boost public fears about the state of public lands, new polls shows

The survey of people in Colorado and 7 western states reveals spiking concerns about climate change, strong support for action, and how communities of color take public lands issues personally

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Colorado judge weighs dropping charges against Danish man accused of starting massive wildfire

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Xcel Energy looks to avoid Colorado wildfires — and PG&E’s fate — and wants customers to pay for it

The company wants $589.7 million by the end of 2025 to maintain infrastructure and keep trees at bay. Consumer advocates say that’s not necessary.

News

It’s not clear when Hanging Lake will reopen after the Grizzly Creek fire

Hanging Lake, which is designated as a National Natural Landmark, is located about 1,000 feet up a side canyon of Glenwood Canyon

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Squeezed by two megafires: Northern Water’s race to save Grand Lake

Colorado's largest exporter of water from the Western Slope had to use an untested backup system to make sure water kept flowing from taps on the Front Range.

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Grape disappointment: Colorado vineyards say an October freeze will chill their 2021 vintage

Bad luck merges with the pandemic to cork the state’s wine production, but past years’ surplus provides solace

Business

Cameron Peak fire 100% contained after 112 days

The fire started Aug. 13 in the Roosevelt National Forest between Cameron Peak and the Chambers Lake Campground, destroying 461 structures

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Scouring soil, sowing seeds and spending millions for wildfire recovery in Glenwood Canyon

Glenwood Springs is spending more than $10 million on repairs and upgrades to water supply infrastructure following Grizzly Creek Fire.

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Colorado’s Arapaho and Roosevelt forests will reopen Tuesday after 19-day closure due to wildfire threat

People will once again be able to access U.S. Forest Service lands in Boulder, Gilpin, Clear Creek, Grand and Larimer counties

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Much of Rocky Mountain National Park reopens after East Troublesome fire

The fire's explosive growth led to the evacuation of the Grand Lake and the Estes Park areas

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The high cost of climate change is already straining the budgets of Colorado towns

As wildfires, avalanches and drought increase in intensity, worried city managers are planning and budgeting for better water systems and backup sources.

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“Worse than anything you could have imagined”: How the East Troublesome fire became so destructive

The Colorado Sun interviewed about a dozen firefighters, first responders and evacuees to piece together a timeline of the East Troublesome fire’s terrifying 100,000-acre run on Oct. 21

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More than 300 homes were destroyed by the East Troublesome fire

The fire burned nearly 200,000 acres and killed two people -- Lyle and Marilyn Hileman -- who refused to evacuate on Oct. 21 when the blaze expanded across Grand County

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The Cameron Peak fire has burned more than 200 homes

As of Wednesday, the Cameron Peak fire in northern Colorado had destroyed 442 buildings and damaged another eight

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About 100 homes destroyed by East Troublesome fire have been identified so far

But that number could rise. Grand County's sheriff says crews are finding more destroyed homes "every direction that we turn"

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