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“Our history is gone”: Four families, 6 months after the Marshall fire

Wearing other people’s clothes and living in apartments that feel empty, families displaced by the Marshall fire have started over from nothing. It’s been six months since the wind-whipped fire skipped through Boulder County, burning about 1,000 homes in Superior and Louisville.  Since then, winter has turned to summer, and thousands still are in limbo, […]

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Priceless seeds, sprouts in New Mexico a key to post-fire future in the West

By Susan Montoya Bryan, The Associated Press A New Mexico facility where researchers work to restore forests devastated by fires faced an almost cruelly ironic threat: The largest wildfire burning in the U.S. was fast approaching. Owen Burney and his team knew they had to save what they could. Atop their list was a priceless […]

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Code enforcement officer blamed for starting 3,000-acre fire that burned homes in southeast Colorado

A Las Animas code enforcement officer accused of starting a fire that burned nearly 3,000 acres — including homes — in a few hours on April 12 has been arrested. Charles Gregory Champney, 67, turned himself into the Bent County Sheriff’s Office, facing three felony arson charges related to the fire that investigators say originated […]

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Fire tore through a Colorado ranch sanctuary. The humans are fine, but the damage is deep.

At first they said no family members were lost.  But in all the later tellings of the grassland wildfire that raced across 9,000 acres of May Ranch near Lamar last weekend, the distinction between working animals and family members disappeared as quickly as 50 miles of burned fencing.  May Ranch cowboy Chano Villalobos dropped the […]

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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 […]