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“Where do we go to escape this?” The Marshall fire is Colorado’s new reality.

SUPERIOR – Out one window was bright sunshine. Out the other, wildfire smoke billowing over pastures.  Brenda Leighton started grabbing things as she scrambled through her house of 18 years in Superior’s Sagamore neighborhood. A couple pieces of jewelry. A few mementos. It was her first-ever evacuation. One she never imagined. “When I opened my […]

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Colorado heads into snowpack season with low reservoirs — but a twinge of hope

Drought conditions have eased up a bit from this time last year, but as the calendar turns on Colorado’s water year, worries about a dry winter still loom, the state’s assistant climatologist says. That’s not to say Colorado isn’t parched. Most of the state remains in drought, including the Eastern Plains, which spent much of […]

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Mudslides and flash flooding along Colorado’s burn scars could cause disasters, or mere travel delays, all summer long. Here’s why.

Areas scorched during last year’s historic wildfire season could pose flash flooding risks through the summer as rain picks up speed along steep terrain in the burn scars, sweeping debris onto major roads. While heavy rain is typical of the summer monsoon season, Colorado is seeing “an abnormal year of flooding events,” partly because of […]

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

Recent rainfall has been a boon for eastern Colorado. The Front Range has enjoyed abundant precipitation and nearly half of the state’s geographic area has shed drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. But the Western Slope hasn’t been blessed with the same precipitation levels, leaving a brutal drought and a high risk for […]