If continuing to recover from wildfires in 2012 and 2013 weren't enough for southern Colorado residents, now they're dealing with new threats from wet spring weather.
In partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the 302nd Airlift Wing, the Air Force Reserve will take to the skies this weekend for its Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS) training.
Colorado will patrol its forests and grasslands with two new wildfire-spotting aircraft this summer, hoping to find and extinguish flames before they explode into deadly megafires.
Colorado officials expect a quiet start to the wildfire season along the Front Range, but the western half of the state is drier and more vulnerable.
About 1,000 people enjoyed food, drink and the new look at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park west of Cañon City.
The Royal Gorge Bridge & Park is opening for its first full season since a 2013 wildfire destroyed 90 percent of its structures.
Experts say a southern Colorado community that has had recent close calls with wildfires is overdue for extensive wildfire mitigation.
Cascade residents are seeing what appears to be a record amount of melting snow that is causing some flooding before the arrival of an expected rainy weekend.
Area planners said the process of recovery on the Waldo Canyon burn scar has been as slow as expected, but they are pleased with the results.
Nearly 80 dump truckloads of sediment were removed from two retention ponds to prepare for the upcoming rainy season, a city spokesman said Friday.
A wildfire sparked on Fisher's Peak near Trinidad on July 9, 2013.
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