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Smoke rises from mountain ridges as a wildfire burns south of Highway 34 Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, near Granby, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Colorado wildfires drag on later than normal, break records

Oct. 22, 2020 9:20 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Orange skies, winds gusting up to 70 mph, smoke tornadoes and hazardous air. While it could be an apocalyptic scene out of a movie, it has become the reality of Colorado's wildfire season. The blazes have burned the second-most acreage since 2000 and included the state's two largest on...

Colorado woman sentenced in 1996 death of newborn girl

Oct. 22, 2020 5:18 PM EDT

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — A judge has sentenced a Colorado woman to 90 days in prison, three years in a community corrections program and eight years of probation in the death of an unidentified newborn girl whose body was found in a garbage bag in a reservoir in 1996. Jennifer Katalinich, 43, also known...

This satellite image provided by Maxar Technologies shows a natural color photo of Mountain Ridge Road and Foothills Ranch Drive, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, after the CalWood Fire burned through the area, west of Longmont, Colo., in Boulder County. (Satellite image ©2020 Maxar Technologies via AP)

Some 3,000 firefighters fight to contain Colorado wildfires

Oct. 21, 2020 4:51 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — It’s a snapshot from hell: A group of firefighters brace themselves against a furious wind blowing dust and debris and fanning flames in a reddish-orange Martian landscape that is all too real for crews battling several dangerous wildfires in northern Colorado and southern Wyoming....

In this photo provided by Shannon Kiss, smoke from the CalWood Fire billows, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, as seen from Gunbarrel, Colo. (Shannon Kiss via AP)

Many homes likely lost in north-central Colorado fires

Oct. 18, 2020 7:36 PM EDT

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...

Smoke from the Cameron Peak Fire fills the sky Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020 in Masonville, Colo. Strong winds fanned two Rocky Mountain wildfires Wednesday, prompting new evacuation orders as one of them spread toward communities that lie outside Rocky Mountain National Park (Bethany Baker/Fort Collins Coloradoan via AP)

Strong winds fan Colorado's largest recorded wildfire

Oct. 17, 2020 6:18 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The largest wildfire in Colorado history grew overnight as high winds pushed the blaze through rural communities and the forecast predicts more “extreme fire behavior” on Saturday. Gusts of up to 70 mph (112 kph) overnight created “very significant" fire...

Smoke from the Cameron Peak Fire covers Fort Collins area sky at  on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, Fort Collins, Colo. One of two Rocky Mountain wildfires fanned by strong winds has become the largest in Colorado history.
Firefighters expected windy weather to continue into the weekend but said they were well-positioned to keep the Cameron Peak Fire from burning more cabins in the mountains west of Fort Collins. (Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post via AP)

Winds push Colorado wildfire to largest in state history

Oct. 15, 2020 6:54 PM EDT

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — One of two Rocky Mountain wildfires fanned by strong winds has become the largest in Colorado history. Firefighters expected windy weather to continue into the weekend but said they were well-positioned to keep the Cameron Peak Fire from burning more cabins in the mountains west...

Fierce winds fan Rockies wildfires, new evacuations ordered

Oct. 14, 2020 6:47 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Strong winds fanned two Rocky Mountain wildfires Wednesday, prompting new evacuation orders as one spread toward communities outside Rocky Mountain National Park. Cool autumn weather had been helping firefighters in their efforts to quell the Mullen Fire in southeastern Wyoming and...

Gusty forecast as firefighters gain ground on Rockies fires

Oct. 13, 2020 3:35 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Firefighters gained ground on two Rocky Mountain wildfires Tuesday after a spell of cool, damp weather but more strong wind threatened to complicate their efforts. Forecasters expected winds gusting 60 mph (100 kilometers per hour) through Wednesday, fanning flames and possibly...

Cooler weather helps firefighters calm Colorado wildfire

Oct. 12, 2020 7:12 PM EDT

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Firefighters in Colorado have made progress against a fire near Fort Collins as cooler temperatures, cloud cover and up to an inch of snow covered higher elevations. Firefighters were able to keep the 210-square-mile (545-square-kilometer) Cameron Peak Fire, which was active...

More cabins at risk as Rocky Mountain wildfires keep growing

Oct. 6, 2020 7:00 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — More dry, breezy and warm weather kept two big wildfires in Wyoming and Colorado growing Tuesday and put firefighters in a battle to save cabins. Firefighters didn't expect much relief until at least this weekend, when cooler weather is forecast in the densely forested mountain...