After the Alkali Fire charred roughly 21,000 acres of brush and grass in northwestern Colorado last month, the state’s so-far timid wildfire season limped meekly through July. Colorado’s wildfire season in 2014 has been very mild by comparison.
Seeing a wall of flames consume dozens of home prompted quick action.
Governor John Hickenlooper says it’s time to prepare for fighting fires and on Monday he signed a bill into law creating the state’s first aerial fire fleet.
Hope is washing away for Colorado homeowners who lost homes to recent floods and wildfires.
Colorado lawmakers are already thinking about the next fire season and are now asking California for help to boost the state’s fleet if it’s needed.
A Colorado lawmaker will travel to California on Monday to ask for help with air support while fighting wildfires.
Once a wildfire has swept across the land, the big concern becomes flooding.
Boulder County has received a $1.3 million federal grant to help restore areas burned by a wildfire in September that destroyed 169 homes.