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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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Lawyer for Danish man charged with starting massive Colorado wildfire wants case dismissed

Jesper Joergensen's lawyer said Joergensen has been held in jail for over 900 days and his delusional disorder leads him to refuse to take medication that could help him

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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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“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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East Troublesome fire held in Rocky Mountain National Park; two deaths confirmed

The bodies of Lyle and Marilyn Hileman, who honeymooned in Grand County in 1952, were discovered on Friday afternoon in their home near Grand Lake

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East Troublesome fire evacuees fled in minutes. Now it could be days before they know the fate of their homes.

When the East Troublesome fire made its 20-mile, 105,000-acre run across Grand County on Wednesday night, some people living in the thousands of homes in its path had just minutes to flee

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“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.

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East Troublesome fire explodes toward Grand Lake, prompting urgent evacuations

The Cal-Wood and Lefthand Canyon fires in Boulder County were relatively inactive on Wednesday, but fierce winds are heading into the area

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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.

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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

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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

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$40,000 reward offered for information about Denver fire that killed 5

Killed were Djibril and Adja Diol, along with their 22-month-old daughter Khadija, as well as relative Hassan Diol and her infant daughter Hawa Baye.

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Four large wildfires burning in Colorado have cost $77 million to fight — so far

None of the blazes are fully contained, and rehabilitation costs still loom large

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Firefighters keep an eye on the burnout fire as is approaches downhill toward the containment line. Firefighting use of an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS, or drone) during a burnout operation at a Grizzly Creek Fire containment line in the Glenwood Canyon area near Dotsero, Colorado, on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020. (Steve Peterson, Special to The Colorado Sun)

Pine Gulch fire becomes largest in Colorado history as firefighters near full containment

The Pine Gulch fire has not destroyed any homes or caused any injuries, but firefighters have been battling it for about a month

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Pine Gulch fire grows to second-largest in Colorado history; investigators seek tips on Cameron Peak fire’s ignition

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment issued a health advisory for the smoke emitted by the wildfires

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Denver police look for masked suspects in fire that killed 5

Killed were Djibril and Adja Diol, along with their 22-month-old daughter Khadija, as well as relative Hassan Diol and her infant daughter Hawa Baye.

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No mess-tent meals, no giant camps: This is wildfire fighting in Colorado during coronavirus

Crews instead are “spiking out” in small groups and using aircraft to keep blazes smaller. This is why fire officials asked months ago for a burn ban and extra funding.

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