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Charges dropped in case of Danish man accused of starting Spring Creek fire near La Veta in 2018

Jesper Joergensen has been at the Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo, but was expected to be released on Monday afternoon.

Crime and Courts

Emergency alerts were a problem long before the Marshall fire, reports show

Adoption of Amber-style alerts has been slow, even as experts and after-action reports say counties’ reverse 911 systems alone are inadequate.

Marshall Fire

As people are increasingly drawn outdoors, the risk of wildfires is rising

A study of fires in the San Juan National Forest showed that people don’t start the majority of southwest Colorado’s wildfires, but those they do ignite are near roads and hiking trails

Outdoors

Forced medication recommended for Danish man suspected of igniting massive Colorado wildfire

The finding of the doctor at the state mental hospital, revealed Monday during a court hearing but not discussed in any detail, still must be approved by a judge before any medication can be given to Jesper Joergensen

Wildfire

Colorado judge declines to drop charges against Danish man blamed for Spring Creek fire

Jesper Joergensen had overstayed his visa by the time a trash fire near his campsite exploded into the Spring Creek wildfire that burned homes near Fort Garland.

Crime and Courts

Colorado judge weighs dropping charges against Danish man accused of starting massive wildfire

Wildfire

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

Crime and Courts

Colorado activated the National Guard to help with coronavirus. The lowest rank makes just $1.67 an hour.

The Colorado legislature approved a bill to increase pay, but Gov. Jared Polis has not yet signed the measure and it won’t take effect immediately

Politics and Government

Climate change is transforming Western forests. And that could have big consequences far beyond wildfires.

The heat of a warming planet, like an artist’s palette knife on a canvas, etches its way across Western forests, slowly altering ecosystems that have flourished for centuries.

Environment

This Colorado ranch-made-lab is turning beetle-kill trees into lumber in the name of forest health

Trinchera Blanca Ranch has three 14ers, large elk herds and thousands of acres of dying trees that are fueling a thriving business and new experiments in forest health management.

Environment

“Flood buddies” and sandbags: Southern Colorado readies for rain after last summer’s massive fire

2018 was the second worst year for wildfire on record in Colorado, adding 475,803 acres statewide to burn scars at risk for destructive post-fire flooding. Even a quarter-inch of rain could spell disaster.

Coloradans

Wildfires in Colorado cost $130 million in 2018. Here are the details, down to the $40 daily rate on portable toilets.

The Silver Creek fire near Kremmling cost an estimated $25 million alone

Wildfire