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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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Colorado opens statewide in-person voting with rules designed to prevent coronavirus outbreaks

If you drive to the main ballot drop box in Gunnison, an election worker in full-body protective equipment reaches over with a 6-foot “grabber” arm to push open the flap so you don’t have to touch anything while placing the envelope in the slot.  In Larimer County, election officials ask in-person voters to use one […]

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

More evacuations were ordered Saturday because of the Cameron Peak fire, which is growing toward Fort Collins amid high winds. Meanwhile, a new fire ignited in Boulder County on Saturday afternoon, prompting the evacuation of Jamestown. Smoke and flames were visible from Boulder. MORE: Large area north of Boulder evacuated because of raging Cal-Wood fire […]

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

The Cameron Peak fire exploded east toward Fort Collins on Wednesday, becoming the largest recorded blaze in Colorado history and prompting new evacuations as it sent a massive plume of smoke into the air over northern Colorado.  Officials say the fire, which has burned more than 164,000 acres, expanded into the area just west of […]

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

Weekend winds fueled a northern Colorado wildfire that emergency officials said has now damaged more structures and moved beyond barriers established by firefighters to slow the blaze’s spread. The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office said structure damage was reported Sunday from the Cameron Peak fire, the state’s third largest recorded wildfire. The fire, burning west of […]

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25 homes destroyed by Cameron Peak fire west of Fort Collins

The Cameron Peak fire has destroyed 25 homes and 29 outbuildings, authorities announced on Saturday evening. The blaze west of Fort Collins has been burning since Aug. 13. It has torched more than 102,000 acres and is just 4% contained. Officials believe the fire, which is the fifth largest recorded in Colorado, was human-caused. It […]

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Snow and cold temps slow down Cameron Peak fire, downgrade evacuations — if only for a few days

Up to 16 inches of snow is falling Tuesday on the massive Cameron Peak fire west of Fort Collins, slowing its growth and offering much-needed respite to crews managing the blaze that tripled in size over the weekend. It’s not the biggest wildfire currently burning — that title goes to the Pine Gulch fire, which […]

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“A lot of structures under threat”: Cameron Peak fire continues its rapid expansion

The Cameron Peak fire west of Fort Collins continued its rapid expansion on Monday, with authorities warning that the blaze — which is now one of the largest recorded in Colorado — is threatening structures. “There is definitely a lot of structures under threat,” Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith said, speaking to reporters at a […]

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Colorado’s red flag gun law was used 73 times in its first 7 months. Here’s how the rollout has gone.

In the seven months after Colorado’s red flag gun law went into effect in January, allowing judges to order the temporary seizure of firearms from some people deemed a significant risk to themselves or others, there were 73 cases filed across 19 counties. Proponents say the data, collected by the state’s court system, shows the […]