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1 million Colorado buildings are threatened by wildfire. The risk is highest in suburban counties.

Colorado faces the largest increase in homes and businesses threatened by wildfire of any state in the nation with nearly 1 million properties — two-fifths of all those in the state — already facing some risk, according to a new analysis. The First Street Foundation wildfire risk modeling ranked Colorado No. 7 in the country […]

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Boulder County commissioners adopt fire-resistant requirements for homes on eastern grassy plains

Newly constructed homes in the eastern flatlands of unincorporated Boulder County must meet stricter fire-resistant requirements after Boulder County commissioners voted to approve changes to the county’s building code Thursday. Commissioners unanimously voted to adopt amendments that aimed to protect homes from fire in the grassy plains of the county that have not seen many […]

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Colorado officials warn 2022 could be the worst wildfire year in state history

Colorado will pour an additional $20 million in federal funding into firefighting and prevention initiatives ahead of what officials say could be the worst wildfire season in the state’s history.  Above-average temperatures and below-average precipitation are predicted across the state through June, thrusting many parts of Colorado into more severe drought conditions and placing more […]

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“An incredible frustration”: Boulder County fire officials have long sought better wildfire escape routes

Fire chief Michael Schmitt is bumping down an unpaved road west of Boulder, barely wide enough for his SUV. He’s headed toward the dead end of County Road 83, where — behind a metal gate, behind tree trunks blackened in the Fourmile Canyon fire — a narrow dirt road is cut into the mountainside.   If […]