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There was no red flag warning the day of the Marshall fire. Forecasters are now rethinking their standards.

The National Weather Service in Boulder is reviewing how it warns the public about high fire danger after embers carried by 100 mph wind gusts exploded into the most destructive inferno in Colorado history. The office said it plans to review the standards it uses to declare red flag warnings, and whether to reduce the […]

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Up to 1,000 homes may have burned in Marshall fire as snow stops spread

BOULDER COUNTY — The Marshall fire may have destroyed as many as 1,000 homes east of Boulder, authorities said Friday as improving weather and an incoming snowstorm eliminated the risk of Colorado’s most destructive fire getting even worse. Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle said there have been no fatalities reported and that no people are […]

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Yes, it hasn’t snowed yet in Denver. But it’s Colorado’s meager snowpack that should worry you.

Snowflakes began falling in Denver on Dec. 1, 1913, and didn’t stop for four days, leaving the city blanketed under 45 inches of snow. Some mountain towns saw even more snowfall, with 86 inches recorded in Georgetown, 53 in Estes Park and about 44 in Boulder.  The anniversary of Denver’s biggest blizzard comes amid a […]

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From sky to bedrock, researchers near Crested Butte are resetting what we know about water in the West

CRESTED BUTTE – Eight white shipping containers, instruments spouting from the tops of some and a generator humming away in another, sit in the East River valley, on the outskirts of this mountain town, pulling data out of the air. The containers, a “mobile atmospheric observatory,” will gather bits of information over the next two […]

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Heavy smoke from West Coast wildfires is expected to blanket Colorado this weekend

Heavy smoke from wildfires in California and Oregon is expected to blow from northwestern Colorado across much of the state Friday afternoon and Saturday, causing hazy conditions and one of the heaviest fine particulate matter concentrations of the year, according to an advisory from the state’s health department and the National Weather Service.  Residents sensitive […]

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Second mudslide from Grizzly Creek burn scar closes I-70 through Glenwood Canyon

Editor’s Note: Interstate 70 has since re-opened. Find the latest story here. A second weekend mudslide flowing from the Grizzly Creek burn scar closed Interstate 70 in both directions through Glenwood Canyon on Sunday. The highway was closed in both directions between the West Rifle and Dotsero exits after muddy debris covered an area in […]