Colorado News

Smoke Damage a Source of Friction for ‘Standing Home Survivors’

The lingering impact of smoke and soot is complicating insurers’ efforts to resolve homeowners claims from the Marshall Fire, which destroyed 1,084 homes in Boulder County, Colorado last December. An in-depth report posted online this week by the nonprofit Boulder …

Colorado Wildfire Forces Evacuation Orders for 19,000 People

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — A wildfire south of Boulder that forced nearly 20,000 people to flee was listed at 21% contained and most evacuations had been lifted by Sunday morning, officials with Boulder Fire-Rescue said. The fire, which ignited Saturday, …

Colorado Wildfire Victims Hit ‘Green’ Building Code Hurdle

DENVER (AP) _ Some homeowners recovering from Colorado’s most destructive wildfire in history, which decimated entire neighborhoods near Denver late last year, say they could end up paying tens of thousands of dollars more to rebuild because of environmentally sustainable …

Deadly Colorado Blaze Renews Focus on Underground Coal Fires

DENVER (AP) _ A fire raging in an underground Colorado coal field in 1883 sent so much smoke pouring from cracks in the ground that the scene was likened to burning volcanoes and the state’s first mining inspector deemed the …

Pandemic Adds Time, Cost to Rebuild After Colorado Wildfire

LOUISVILLE, Colorado (AP)–Rex and Barba Hickman’s home of 23 years near the foothills of the Rocky Mountains has been reduced to a blackened heap by the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history. Before the Dec. 30 blaze, which ripped through …

Colorado Fire Evacuees Aided by Good Road Access, Daylight

DENVER (AP)–A late-season wildfire pushed by hurricane-force winds tore through two densely populated Denver suburbs and seemed destined to leave a trail of deaths. Yet, only two people are unaccounted for out of some 35,000 forced from their homes. It’s …

KC&C Says Colo. Wildfire Caused $1 Billion in Insured Losses

The wildfire that ignited on Dec. 30 in Boulder County, Colorado destroyed 1,000 structures and caused insured losses of about $1 billion, catastrophe modeler Karen Clark & Co. said Wednesday. The blaze, called the Marshall Fire because it it started …

Investigators Narrow Search For Origin of Colorado Wildfire

BOULDER, Colo. (AP)–Federal and state investigators have interviewed dozens of people in their search for the cause of a destructive Colorado wildfire, but the results of that investigation–and even a progress report–could take days, if not weeks, the Boulder County …

2 Still Missing in Colorado Fire; Cause Under Investigation

LOUISVILLE, Colo. (AP)–Search teams looked for two missing people in the smoldering debris from a massive Colorado wildfire while people who escaped the flames sorted through the charred remnants of their homes to find what was left. Investigators were still …

Climate Change, New Construction Mean More Ruinous Fires

The winter grassland fire that blew up along Colorado’s Front Range was rare, experts say, but similar events will be more common in the coming years as climate change warms the planet–sucking the moisture out of plants–suburbs grow in fire-prone …