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FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2020, file photo, Karl Dorrell poses for a photograph overlooking Folsom Field after a news conference to announce that he is the new NCAA college head football coach at Colorado during a news conference in Boulder, Colo. Colorado will host UCLA on Nov. 7, 2020, to begin the Dorrell Era in Boulder, where he steps in for Mel Tucker after Tucker unexpectedly bolted for Michigan State in February. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Karl Dorrell Era at Colorado kicks off against his old team

Oct. 28, 2020 2:53 PM EDT

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Karl Dorrell doesn’t attach any extra meaning to opening his Colorado head coaching chapter against a team that once let him go. That was so long ago. The Buffaloes will host his former school, UCLA, on Nov. 7 to kick off the Dorrell Era in Boulder. He's taking over for Mel...

Colorado's largest wildfire has burned more than 200 homes

Oct. 27, 2020 6:53 PM EDT

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — A wildfire that has scorched more than 326 square miles (844 square kilometers) since it started in mid-August, becoming the largest in Colorado history, has damaged or destroyed more than 200 homes, officials said. As of Monday, the Cameron Peak Fire in northern Colorado had...

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...

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 winds fan big Rocky Mountain wildfires, spread embers

Oct. 5, 2020 8:20 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Two big Rocky Mountain wildfires flared up again Monday as dry, gusty winds blew embers past areas where firefighters had been making progress. Firefighters at the Mullen Fire on the Wyoming-Colorado line and the Cameron Peak Fire in northern Colorado struggled as winds picked up in...

Rocky Mountain wildfires keep growing after torching cabins

Oct. 1, 2020 6:20 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Two big mountain wildfires in northern Colorado and southern Wyoming were growing again Thursday after burning dozens of cabins and other structures. A forecast calling for at least several more days of dry, breezy weather offered little help in the fight against the Cameron Peak Fire...