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

When wildfires swept across Colorado and the western U.S. last summer and fall, water- and retardant-dropping airplanes and helicopters that can make the difference between a small blaze and a deadly megafire were difficult to come by.  States were suddenly pitted against each other as federal emergency managers worked to determine who needed the most […]

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

Investigators are unable to determine the cause of the Cal-Wood fire, which burned more than 10,000 acres and destroyed 20 homes in Boulder County in October. The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday authorities were able to narrow down a 500 foot radius of land near Jamestown where the fire started. As part of the […]

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“Lots of structure loss” after East Troublesome fire’s explosion into Grand Lake, but changing weather slows march toward Estes Park

The East Troublesome fire caused widespread destruction as it swept across Grand County on Wednesday night and Thursday morning toward Grand Lake, entering an area packed with homes, lodges and other businesses. The fire burned an additional 50,000 acres Thursday, bringing it to 170,000 acres and making it the second largest fire on record in […]

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East Troublesome fire explodes toward Grand Lake, prompting urgent evacuations

THE LATEST: “An extremely, extremely challenging day”: Widespread destruction feared after East Troublesome fire explodes The East Troublesome fire in Grand County exploded east on Wednesday toward Grand Lake, prompting hasty and dramatic evacuations over a broad area and creating a smoke plume so large it was visible on the Front Range. “We’ve had a […]

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U.S. Forest Service to temporarily close public lands in five Colorado counties because of fire conditions

The U.S. Forest Service on Wednesday will temporarily close lands in five Front Range-area counties because of extreme fire conditions in Colorado and blazes that continue to rage across the state. The agency said access to lands inside three districts of Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests will be limited in Clear Creek, Jefferson, Gilpin, Boulder, […]

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We’ve mapped out the 22 homes that were destroyed or damaged by the Cal-Wood fire

The Cal-Wood fire in Boulder County destroyed at least 20 homes on Saturday and damaged two more. County officials on Sunday released the addresses of the homes that were destroyed and damaged. We’ve mapped them below so you can better understand the fire’s toll. MORE: She thought the evacuation was a precaution. Then the Cal-Wood […]

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She thought the evacuation was a precaution. Then the Cal-Wood fire erased her family’s Boulder County home.

BOULDER — When Courtney Walsh received a text Saturday afternoon that her home north of Boulder was in the mandatory evacuation area for the Cal-Wood fire, she thought she was being ordered to leave just as a precaution. Still, she rushed back to her house on Foothills Ranch Drive to get her family together. She […]

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At least 20 homes torched by Cal-Wood fire as new Lefthand Canyon blaze threatens more destruction

Cold, damp weather on Sunday helped crews battle the Cal-Wood fire north of Boulder, but authorities say mandatory evacuations prompted by the dramatic blaze aren’t expected to be lifted soon. “The high humidity and the mist and everything is helping,” said Jennifer Bray, a spokeswoman for the Boulder County Office of Emergency Management. “The firefighters […]