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Northwest Colorado under “extremely critical” fire warning for first time in 15 years as Western Slope drought worsens

About 45% of Colorado, all west of the Continental Divide, now in some state of drought

Environment

Grim western fire season starts much drier than 2020’s record year

A climate change-fueled megadrought of more than 20 years is making conditions that lead to fire even more dangerous

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Colorado-based Global SuperTanker firefighting plane may be sold to assist COVID-19 response

Domestically, the SuperTanker has been used mostly in California and in Oregon in 2018

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Colorado is expecting another explosive wildfire year, but the state may be more prepared this time

The state’s Wildfire Preparedness Plan, released Thursday, notes that even as 2021 is shaping up to repeat the chaos of last year, agencies are collaborating more and have better support.

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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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Colorado’s Water Plan has made progress toward ensuring supply, but the work’s far from done

Five years in, accelerating climate change and rapid population growth, not to mention a shortage of funding, have made the Colorado Water Plan's vision for the future more complex.

Environment

Climate change ravaged Colorado and the West with heat and drought in 2020. This year may be worse.

Coloradans also can look out their windows and see the “snow drought” forecasters are talking about when they say snow cover in the West is the worst it has been at any time in the last two decades.

Environment

Western wildfires, drought, coronavirus boost public fears about the state of public lands, new polls shows

The survey of people in Colorado and 7 western states reveals spiking concerns about climate change, strong support for action, and how communities of color take public lands issues personally

Environment

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

Xcel Energy looks to avoid Colorado wildfires — and PG&E’s fate — and wants customers to pay for it

The company wants $589.7 million by the end of 2025 to maintain infrastructure and keep trees at bay. Consumer advocates say that’s not necessary.

News

Wildfire smoke accounted for up to half of air pollution in the West in recent years

Gains made from cleaner power plants and vehicles were lost to massive wildfires that charred landscapes, including massive burns in Colorado

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It’s not clear when Hanging Lake will reopen after the Grizzly Creek fire

Hanging Lake, which is designated as a National Natural Landmark, is located about 1,000 feet up a side canyon of Glenwood Canyon

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Squeezed by two megafires: Northern Water’s race to save Grand Lake

Colorado's largest exporter of water from the Western Slope had to use an untested backup system to make sure water kept flowing from taps on the Front Range.

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“Too many uncontrollables”: From coronavirus to wildfires, Colorado’s hunting season brings a slew of uncertainties

While the long-term outlook for wildlife could benefit from the reshaping of the forest, less habitat plus more hunters equals a problem.

Outdoors

Cameron Peak fire 100% contained after 112 days

The fire started Aug. 13 in the Roosevelt National Forest between Cameron Peak and the Chambers Lake Campground, destroying 461 structures

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Scouring soil, sowing seeds and spending millions for wildfire recovery in Glenwood Canyon

Glenwood Springs is spending more than $10 million on repairs and upgrades to water supply infrastructure following Grizzly Creek Fire.

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Opinion: Our Capitol Christmas Tree makes me wish for healthy Colorado forests

Opinion Columns

Opinion: Recovery from East Troublesome fire will take sustained support

Opinion Columns

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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