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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

Water

Fire and rain: West to get more one-two extreme climate hits

Climate

Lawsuit alleges Xcel Energy power line sparked Marshall fire

An Xcel spokeswoman said the company was reviewing the lawsuit but said it has not seen evidence that its equipment ignited the fire

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All evacuations lifted after wildfire near Boulder’s NCAR

Fire crews were also able to use aircraft to fight the fire, laying down lines of fire retardant near homes

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South Boulder homes evacuated because of wildfire near NCAR; firefighters reach 21% containment Sunday

The NCAR wildfire comes about three months after the Marshall fire swept across Boulder County, killing two people and destroying roughly 1,000 homes

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Durango & Silverton railroad will pay feds $20 million for 416 fire damage, stop using coal to power summer trains

The tourist train also has reached a settlement with businesses and landowners who reported losses in the 2018 fire that burned 54,000 acres

Business

Louisville burned down Dec. 30. The city manager started the next day.

City manager Jeffrey Durbin joined the swelling ranks of officials who have weathered climate disasters. One difference: He started his job the morning after the Marshall fire.

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Increasingly erratic weather in Colorado, the West makes it harder to fight wildfire with controlled burns

Increasingly erratic weather means snow is not always there when needed to safely burn off tall debris piles like those on Colorado’s Pike-San Isabel National Forest

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Homesites destroyed in the Marshall fire are going up for sale. Who will buy them?

At least 10 lots in Superior and Louisville where homes were leveled by the fire are on the market. None have changed hands yet.

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Boulder County housing prices are still climbing 6 weeks after Marshall fire

In an area that already struggled with housing affordability and low inventory, the loss of more than 1,000 homes is a devastating blow

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Emergency alerts were a problem long before the Marshall fire, reports show

Adoption of Amber-style alerts has been slow, even as experts and after-action reports say counties’ reverse 911 systems alone are inadequate.

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Coloradans worried about water, wildfires and cost of living, new poll shows

A Colorado College survey of about 3,500 Mountain West residents finds strong support for water conservation, public lands

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