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Cameron Peak fire

Cameron Peak fire

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.

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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)

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.

Wildfire

Opinion: Polis must take a bolder stance on climate to stem wildfires

Opinion Columns

“Too many uncontrollables”: From coronavirus to wildfires, Colorado’s hunting season brings a slew of uncertainties

While the long-term outlook for wildlife could benefit from the reshaping of the forest, less habitat plus more hunters equals a problem.

Outdoors

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

Environment

Spurred by the threat of wildfires, an Estes Park broadband project moved at the speed of light

More than a dozen agencies, organizations and even competitors came together one weekend to make sure the internet would not go out as the Cameron Peak fire inched closer

Technology

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.

Environment

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

Wildfire

One Colorado couple fled the East Troublesome fire with ballots. For others, voting options are abundant.

Voting isn’t the top priority for evacuees, but officials say they are doing all they can to ensure those affected by fires can still cast ballots

Election 2020

2020’s wildfire season is historic, charring more acres than any year before. But Colorado has a complicated past with its forests.

Drought, 20th century practices and increased human-nature relationships also contribute to this year’s destruction

Wildfire

All missing people accounted for as snow gives crews battling East Troublesome fire a reprieve

Several inches of snow have fallen across the high country. As much as 6 inches of snow was reported in Grand Lake.

Wildfire

“We expect an active fire”: Weather is forecast to fuel East Troublesome fire on Friday

The fire grew by about 45,000 to 50,000 acres on Thursday to become Colorado's second largest recorded blaze at 170,000 acres. It is just 5% contained.

Wildfire

Opinion: Colorado wildfire season reinforces the need for mitigation and resiliency

Opinion Columns

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

Massive Grand County fire charred another 50,000 acres Thursday, topping 170,000 acres to become the second largest fire in Colorado's history

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

The Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests will be off limits in Clear Creek, Jefferson, Gilpin, Boulder, and Larimer counties starting at midnight on Wednesday

Wildfire

Five charts that show where 2020 ranks in Colorado wildfire history

Before 2002, Colorado never had a 100,000-acre wildfire. Now it has its first 200,000-acre fire.

Wildfire

Cal-Wood fire ignites in Boulder County; winds fuel more Cameron Peak fire growth

The fire, the largest ever recorded in Colorado, has grown to more than 187,000 acres

Wildfire

Drew Litton: Colorado’s Cameron Peak infection

Cartoons

Cameron Peak fire explodes into Colorado’s largest wildfire, prompting more evacuations as it nears Fort Collins

Fire officials say the blaze, which has burned more than 164,000 acres, expanded Wednesday into the area just west of Horsetooth Reservoir

News

Cameron Peak fire continues to spread, destroy more structures as it becomes Colorado’s 3rd largest blaze

Officials said the fire grew Saturday by about 20,000 acres when winds reaching 60 mph caused the blaze to jump over fire lines. More structures were destroyed.

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