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

A priceless bank of millions of ponderosa pine, spruce and other conifer seeds meant to help restore fire-ravaged landscapes across the American West was threatened by the largest wildfire in New Mexico history.


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

The Fort Lyon fire moved swiftly from where the code officer was burning limbs, burning homes and forcing 200 people to evacuate


Will massive Western wildfires leave more or less water in rivers?

Scientists at Colorado State University and elsewhere in the West are poking and prodding for clues into how wildfire impacts water supply.


Gusts, dryness could fan spring wildfires again

Red flag warnings of extreme wildfire danger have been issued for Colorado, other states


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

May Ranch near Lamar has transformed itself into a sustainable, nationally recognized conservation champion, home to endangered species. A wildfire threatens much of the gain.


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

The concern about escape paths has gained new urgency after the 2021 Marshall fire destroyed more than 1,000 homes in Boulder County.


Grassland fires destroy two homes in southeast Colorado

The cause of the fires is unknown


Louisville allows Marshall fire victims to rebuild under older, less-stringent codes

New building codes include a requirement to have electric vehicle charging infrastructure and all-electric systems

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Lawsuit alleges Xcel Energy power line sparked Marshall fire

An Xcel spokeswoman said the company was reviewing the lawsuit but said it has not seen evidence that its equipment ignited the fire

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Durango & Silverton railroad will pay feds $20 million for 416 fire damage, stop using coal to power summer trains

The tourist train also has reached a settlement with businesses and landowners who reported losses in the 2018 fire that burned 54,000 acres


Louisville burned down Dec. 30. The city manager started the next day.

City manager Jeffrey Durbin joined the swelling ranks of officials who have weathered climate disasters. One difference: He started his job the morning after the Marshall fire.

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Coloradans struggle to navigate insurance after losing a home to wildfire. State lawmakers want to make it easier.

Two Colorado lawmakers plan to introduce a bill that would shorten and simplify the insurance claims process after a declared fire disaster.


Carman: Rebuilding from the Marshall fire should be a model of climate adaptation

By not planning for climate change, not working to mitigate risk and failing to build sustainable systems, we set ourselves up for more multibillion-dollar disaster response efforts

Opinion Columns

Rebuilding after disaster takes a community — and a streamlined process — say Coloradans who lost homes in Waldo Canyon fire

Fires destroyed 347 houses in 2012, but the Mountain Shadows community in Colorado Springs found ways to work with city officials, contractors and others to rebuild fast, and now offer help to Marshall fire victims.


“Hang on to one another”: Joe Biden consoles Marshall fire survivors during Colorado visit

U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper Gov. Jared Polis and U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse, whose district includes the burned neighborhoods, accompanied Biden during his visit

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2 still missing in Marshall fire; cause under investigation

Authorities initially said everyone was accounted, but reports of three people missing were later discovered. One of the missing people was found alive.


Littwin: Boulder County wildfire comes to the wrong place at the wrong time. You can expect it to happen again.

The most destructive fire in Colorado history hits the suburbs. And if you don’t think this is a climate-change event, you’re just not paying attention.

Opinion Columns

Satellite images show Marshall fire moving in on Louisville, Superior

The fire burned hundreds of homes and forced thousands to evacuate

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Here is everything we know about the Marshall fire so far

How it started, where it's currently burning, how many acres are burning and more

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Opinion: Devastating Colorado fires cap a year of climate disasters, with one side of the country too wet, the other too dry

Officials said the winds were so strong, there was little firefighters could do but evacuate homes and businesses in the fires’ paths

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