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30,000 expected at Rainbow Gathering’s 50th anniversary in Colorado, sparking wildfire concerns

The Rainbow Gathering of the Tribes plans to return to Colorado this summer to celebrate its 50th anniversary. The weeks-long confab that draws tens of thousands of hippie campers to public lands announced this week that the national gathering of possibly 30,000 would be returning to Colorado.  The group’s national bacchanal was last in Colorado […]

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South Boulder homes evacuated because of wildfire near NCAR; firefighters reach 21% containment Sunday

A wildfire that ignited Saturday afternoon near the National Center for Atmospheric Research prompted the evacuation of homes in a large area of south Boulder, including the Table Mesa neighborhood and Eldorado Springs and Sans Souci. At least 19,000 people were ordered to flee about 8,000 homes. By Sunday morning the fire had burned about […]

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State Rep. Amabile and Sens. Fenberg and Rankin: Filing a wildfire insurance claim shouldn’t be another trauma

Many Coloradans who lost their homes and all of their personal belongings in fire disasters are living another nightmare as they seek reimbursement from their homeowner’s insurance policies. Most of these folks chose policies based on what their mortgage holder required and insurance agent recommended. They paid their premiums in good faith, some for decades. […]

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State Reps. Holtorf, Pelton, Will and Catlin: The Republican plan for wildfire relief

In January, the Marshall fire swept through Boulder County destroying more than 1,000 homes and displacing the lives of thousands of Coloradans. While this disaster brought national attention to the threat of wildfires destroying homes, property, and lives, the people of Colorado are not strangers to the hazards of uncontrolled fires. For years, rural Coloradans […]

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Increasingly erratic weather in Colorado, the West makes it harder to fight wildfire with controlled burns

By Brittany Peterson and Matthew Brown, The Associated Press DECKERS — Dripping flaming fuel as they go, a line of workers slowly descends a steep, snow-covered hillside above central Colorado’s South Platte River, torching piles of woody debris that erupt into flames shooting two stories high. It’s winter in the Rocky Mountains, and fresh snow […]

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Zornio: High-performance homes are the smart rebuild choice for Marshall fire victims

Two months after the Marshall fire burned through nearly 1,100 homes and structures in Boulder County, impacted residents now face the daunting task of rebuilding.  Amid much uncertainty, many are finding hope in the prospect of building back better. “My family and I lost our home in the Marshall fire,” said Louisville resident Susan Nedell. […]

Posted inClimate, Environment, News, Outdoors, Water

22 years of drought in Colorado, rest of the Southwest is worst stretch in 1,200 years, study shows

The hot and dry conditions that have gripped the southwestern United States since 2000 account for the driest 22-year period on record stretching back 1,200 years, according to a study published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change.  What’s more, this new research finds that although there would have been a drought anyway, climate change […]