Colorado Wildfires Span the Rockies, Forcing Thousands From Their Homes

Thousands of residents evacuated Northern Colorado under plumes of smoke and orange-and-red skies, fleeing two fires burning around the Rocky Mountain National Park that by Friday had capped one of the state’s worst-ever fire seasons.

One of the fires spread more than 100,000 acres in a 24-hour period between Wednesday and Thursday, burning houses, threatening resort towns and overwhelming firefighters with its speed and destruction. Officials closed the Rocky Mountain National Park, which spans the Continental Divide and is one of the state’s crown jewels.

The fires now burning, and the Pine Gulch Fire this summer, rank among the four largest wildfires in Colorado history, fueled by climate change and poor forest management, said fire scientist Mark Finney with the U.S. Forest Service Fire Sciences Laboratory in Missoula, Montana.

The Cameron Peak Fire, burning for more than two months, is the state’s largest fire in history, having scorched just under

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Funeral homes owned by a Colorado coroner under investigation following discovery of unrefrigerated body, unlabeled cremains

Funeral homes in Leadville and Gypsum are under criminal investigation after authorities this month found an unrefrigerated body, bags of unlabeled cremains, an abandoned stillborn infant and at least one instance in which a family received cremains for their stillborn child mixed with bits of adult body parts and metal fragments.

The owner of the funeral homes, Shannon Kent, is also Lake County’s coroner. He’s already facing charges of official misconduct and perjury stemming from allegations last year that he sent his wife Staci to multiple death scenes — even though she wasn’t authorized to serve as a deputy coroner.

Kent has not been arrested in this latest incident and no charges have been filed, though the two funeral homes’ business licenses have been suspended by the state. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office confirmed an active criminal investigation is underway.

Shannon and Staci Kent did not respond to interview requests

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East Troublesome Fire Evacuation Map, Update As Huge Blaze Engulfs Homes in Grand Lake, Colorado

Evacuation orders are in effect in parts of Grand County, Colorado, following the East Troublesome fire, which is burning near Grimes Peak in the Arapaho National Forest.



a tree with a mountain in the background: An image of Littleton, Colorado, where the Chatridge 2 fire burned 461 acres south of Denver back in June. Another blaze, the East Troublesome fire in Grand County, was reported to have burned down homes on Wednesday.


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An image of Littleton, Colorado, where the Chatridge 2 fire burned 461 acres south of Denver back in June. Another blaze, the East Troublesome fire in Grand County, was reported to have burned down homes on Wednesday.

Fire activity “increased significantly” on Wednesday night and the blaze is impacting the Highway 34 corridor and the Grand Lake area, according to the latest report from the Incident Information System of the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG).

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Houses were burning down, according to fire dispatches from firefighters on Wednesday night, with hundreds evacuated from the Grand Lake area.

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The blaze, which was at around 19,000 acres

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Historic Colorado Redstone Castle on market for $16.9 mill

One of the most glamorous, architectural wonders in Colorado is on the market — for a little less than $17 million.

The famous Redstone Castle, which rests about an hour outside of Aspen in Redstone, was built in 1902 and fully restored in 2018 by current owners April and Steve Carver, who said they had admired the historic building from afar before stepping in to give it a makeover. At first, the structure seemed out of their financial reach as they spent years restoring another Colorado wonder — the Hotel Denver.

“Then we watched it sell for $6 million and said nope, not in our reach,” Steve Carver said to The Colorado Sun. “Then we watched it sell for $4 million and said nope, still not there. And then we got a card in the mail that they were having an auction with a minimum bid of $2 million.”

The

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Colorado wildfires rage as blaze incinerates dozens of mountain homes, ranks among state’s costliest fires

Firefighters in Colorado were able to gain ground Monday against the state’s largest wildfire on record, as the damage from another blaze has totaled among the most costly in state history. 

The largest blaze currently burning in Colorado, the Cameron Peak Fire, is now 205,004 acres and 51% contained as of Tuesday morning. 

“We were finally able to go on offense,” incident commander Dan Dallas said.

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Officials said firefighting efforts were “very successful” throughout the day, despite near-critical fire weather conditions.

The Cameron Peak Fire has burned over 205,000 acres and is 51% contained as of Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020.

The Cameron Peak Fire has burned over 205,000 acres and is 51% contained as of Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020.
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“There were no impacts to any structures that we are aware of and fire growth over the last 24 hours was only about 100 acres,” officials said on Facebook.

Officials were able to fly “a

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Cameron Peak, CalWood fires drive thousands from their homes in Colorado

A Colorado wildfire had raced through more than 8,700 parched, wind-blown acres in less than 24 hours on Sunday, forcing evacuation of almost 3,000 people in Boulder County as wildfires continued to batter the state and the West.

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The CalWood Fire began burning Saturday in Boulder County, about 50 miles southeast of the Cameron Peak Fire. That fire, the largest in state history, has burned more than 317 square miles since mid-August.

“It just exploded,” Mike Wagner, division chief with the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, said of the CalWood fire. “We do believe multiple homes were probably lost. It’s still too dynamic to get in and begin to assess.”

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Courtney Walsh posted three pictures of her burned-out,

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Many homes likely lost in north-central Colorado fires

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) – Nearly 3,000 people were forced to flee from a fast-moving fire in north-central Colorado and authorities believe a large number of homes were destroyed.

The CalWood Fire started around noon Saturday near the Cal-Wood Education Center, which is about 17 miles (27 kilometers) from downtown Boulder. It was pushed by strong winds. The National Center for Atmospheric Research’s Mesa lab recorded gusts of 59 mph (95 kph) on Saturday.

More than 1,600 residences and nearly 3,000 people were under evacuation orders, including the small town of Jamestown, Boulder County officials said.

Based on the path of the fire, officials believe it is likely that many homes were lost, Mike Wagner, the Boulder County sheriff’s division chief, said Sunday.

Wagner said damage assessment teams haven’t been able to get into the area to determine how many homes were lost. A news photographer for the Daily Camera later

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Homes believed lost in north-central Colorado fires

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Nearly 3,000 people were forced to flee from a fast-moving fire in north-central Colorado and authorities believe some homes were lost.

The CalWood Fire started around noon Saturday near the Cal-Wood Education Center, which is about 17 miles (27 kilometers) from downtown Boulder. It was pushed by strong winds. The National Center for Atmospheric Research’s Mesa lab recorded gusts of 59 mph (95 kph) on Saturday.

More than 1,600 residences and nearly 3,000 people were under evacuation orders, including the small town of Jamestown, Boulder County officials said.


Based on the path of the fire, officials believe it is likely multiple houses were lost, Mike Wagner, the Boulder County sheriff’s division chief, told the Daily Camera newspaper in Boulder on Saturday.

On Sunday, Wagner said damage assessment teams haven’t been able to get into the area to determine how many homes were lost. A news photographer

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