wildfires

COMMENTARY

Colorado air is getting dirtier and dirtier

BY: - July 14, 2021

It’s not the altitude that’s making it hard to breathe — it’s the dirty air. It’s no secret that Colorado’s air quality has been in decline for years. This week alone saw health alerts for both smoke-filled skies and ozone levels that had already prompted the Environmental Protection Agency in 2019 to label Denver as […]

Biden, Western governors plan for ‘severe’ wildfire season in White House briefing

BY: - June 30, 2021

For years, American presidents have held annual meetings with Federal Emergency Management Agency officials to plan ahead for the Atlantic hurricane season. In an era when the catastrophic impacts of climate change are accelerating from coast to coast, President Joe Biden on Wednesday convened a first-of-its-kind meeting to make similar preparations for what is shaping […]

Rare ‘extremely critical’ fire warning issued for northwest Colorado

BY: - June 10, 2021

A fire weather outlook published by the National Weather Service this week highlights an area of “extremely critical” fire danger for portions of northeast Utah and northwest Colorado, as drought conditions on the Western Slope continued to worsen. The NWS alert marks the first “extremely critical” designation for the region since 2006, the agency’s Storm […]

COMMENTARY

Our future, health depends on climate action

BY: - May 29, 2021

I just wrapped up my senior year at Colorado State University. It was one defined by many challenges like the COVID-19 crisis, devastating wildfires and adjusting to a new, virtual normal. In the past year and a half, the intersections of our environment and health have been exposed more than ever. In Fort Collins, we […]

New funding to curb wildfires pushed in Congress, as another fire season looms

BY: - April 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — As wildfires across the United States grow in size, intensity and duration each summer, members of Congress from the West are pushing for massive new investments in ecosystem management and wildfire mitigation. House lawmakers called for more attention to wildfire management and support for wildland firefighters at a hearing Thursday before a House […]

Bennet unveils $60 billion proposal for wildfire recovery, forest-management programs

BY: - December 15, 2020

Sen. Michael Bennet on Tuesday introduced the Outdoor Restoration Force Act, a proposal to spend more than $60 billion in new federal funding on wildfire recovery and prevention efforts on public lands across the West. “For years, Congress has failed to invest in the outdoors — undermining our forests and watersheds, which sustain our economy […]

After catastrophic wildfires, can logging help save Colorado’s forests?

BY: - December 7, 2020

Staff at the Colorado State Forest headquarters in Jackson County thought they had been spared the worst of the state’s unprecedented 2020 fire season in August, when the Cameron Peak Fire, which started in a wilderness area about 10 miles north, was driven by prevailing winds to the east. Over the next two months, the […]

Neguse pushes for wildfire recovery funds in COVID-19 relief package

BY: - December 4, 2020

Colorado Rep. Joe Neguse will urge congressional leadership to include funding for a range of wildfire prevention and recovery programs in any potential coronavirus relief legislation, his office said Friday. “Communities that have been fighting the public health and economic impacts of COVID-19 are now also … beginning the long journey of recovering from catastrophic […]

As wildfire threat grows, Colorado has a $4.2 billion forest management to-do list

BY: - November 11, 2020

Staff at the Colorado State Forest Service had been working on the agency’s latest action plan for more than a year before the 2020 wildfire season began taking a devastating toll on the state. As unprecedented blazes like the Pine Gulch Fire, Cameron Peak Fire and East Troublesome Fire burned hundreds of thousands of acres […]

LIVE: Gov. Polis gives update on state’s response to wildfires, at 1:15 p.m. Oct. 22

BY: - October 22, 2020

Gov. Jared Polis is scheduled to give a live update at 1:15 p.m. Oct. 22 on Colorado’s response to wildfires. Scroll down for a livestream of the briefing, or watch on the governor’s Facebook page. During the briefing, Polis will be joined by: Stan Hilkey, executive director of the Department of Public Safety  Scott Jalbert, […]

Colorado lawmakers join calls to Polis administration for faster climate regulation

BY: - August 24, 2020

Two sponsors of the landmark climate-change legislation passed by Colorado Democrats in 2019 have joined a growing chorus of criticism against Gov. Jared Polis’s administration over what environmental advocates say are unacceptable delays in implementing the new law. In a statement issued Aug. 21, state Sen. Faith Winter and state Rep. Dominique Jackson charged the […]

Colorado’s COVID-19 test positivity rate falls below 3%

BY: - August 18, 2020

Just 2.32% of COVID-19 tests in Colorado were positive Aug. 16, the lowest rate since the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment began tracking tests and cases in early March. For the week ending Aug. 15, 2.99% of tests were positive. Gov. Jared Polis praised the development during a news briefing Aug. 18. He […]