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Colorado man finds cabin still standing and note from firefighters after wildfire burned dangerously close

As the East Troublesome Fire raged near Granby, Colorado, Dan Stones could only imagine from a distance the fate of his family cabin. He said it was a “rollercoaster of a week” and didn’t even know about the blaze until he drove up over the weekend.

At one point, the wildfire jumped more than 100,000 acres in mere hours. Stones initially couldn’t believe it and thought his home was going to be a loss.

“I thought it was an error,” he told CBS News. “I thought it was wrong, and my wife was standing over my shoulder when I saw it and my jaw hit the desk.”

He said the fire had been burning about 30 miles away from his cabin and described the scenario as “very frightening.”

Ultimately, the flames burned very close to the cabin — about 5 or 6 feet away, according to firefighters. Fast forward a

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Elderly couple who told family they wouldn’t evacuate killed in Colorado wildfire

An elderly couple who cherished their home next to Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park were confirmed dead in a wildfire that exploded in size Wednesday evening, the sheriff said Friday.

The bodies of Lyle and Marilyn Hileman, 86 and 84 years old, were recovered Friday, Grand County Sheriff Brett Schroetlin said in a video statement.

The couple, who the family said married at a young age, honeymooned in the area in 1952, and then bought the property outside Grand Lake, refused to evacuate as the East Troublesome Fire grew by more than 100,000 acres Wednesday evening.

The fire’s rapid growth prompted urgent evacuation warnings for the entire town of Grand Lake and other communities.

Schroetlin called it “a catastrophic event in our small community” that affected Grand Lake, other subdivisions in northern Grand County and the national park.

There are no other missing people in the fire, Schroetlin said. Damage

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Northern California faces skyrocketing wildfire threat this weekend

The upcoming extreme weather event is the result of an unusually early season Arctic outbreak across the West. A deep dip or trough in the jet stream will be carved out over the Great Basin as cold Arctic air pours southward, which is a setup well-known to California forecasters for leading to firestorms.

The steep air pressure gradient that is forecast to develop between coastal parts of Northern California and northern Nevada will set air into motion beginning Sunday afternoon.

The National Weather Service forecast office in San Francisco is name-checking past fire events to describe the risk level of the coming event, including the deadly 2017 wine country fires and the 2019 Kincade Fire, the latter of which burned nearly 80,000 acres in Sonoma County.

But it may be even more extreme than those events, because winds are expected to reach the surface more easily and also to spread

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Colorado wildfires: Weekend snow may be the one thing to help slow a rapidly growing Colorado wildfire

“#EastTroublesomeFire continues to advance towards Grand Lake. IF YOU LIVE IN THIS AREA, EVACUATE IMMEDIATELY!! Fire has been reported as close as Columbine Lake,” the National Weather Service in Boulder tweeted Wednesday night. Grand County is about 65 miles west of Boulder.
The East Troublesome Fire began October 14 and has grown to more than 19,000 acres, exploding throughout Wednesday. The blaze is about 10% contained, officials said. Smoke plume from the fire had reached an altitude of more than 40,000 feet, the weather service in Boulder said Wednesday night.
“The fire is growing faster than we can catch it right now,” Fire Incident Commander Jake Winfield said Wednesday, according to CNN affiliate KCNC.

And even though nearly 300 responders are on the front lines battling the fire, weather conditions throughout Thursday will be ideal for wildfire development. High winds that have already been fanning the flames will pick up, … Read More

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Colorado wildfire rapidly spreads in Boulder County, forces evacuations

The small community of Jamestown, about 15 miles northwest of Boulder, was completely evacuated Saturday, and the town of Lyons, home to more than 2,000, is under an evacuation warning on Sunday. According to the Boulder Office of Emergency Management, “An Evacuation Warning is when a public safety official issues a warning that there is a high possibility of an evacuation due to a wildfire that poses a risk to life or property.”

At least 2,000 properties were in harm’s way, with local media outlets reporting that it’s likely that an unknown number were destroyed in the blaze. “We believe a number of structures were likely impacted,” Boulder County Sheriff’s Office Division Chief Mike Wagner told the Boulder Daily Camera.

The ingredients for the CalWood Fire, which was first reported near the Cal-Wood Education Center in Jamestown, are all too familiar at this point in the West’s destructive wildfire season:

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Winds fuel state’s largest wildfire Sunday

The largest wildfire in Colorado’s recorded history topped 200,000 acres Sunday, becoming the first known fire in the state to grow that large.

Cameron Peak fire map as of Oct. 18, 2020

The blaze grew to about 317 square miles, or 203,253 acres, according to fire officials. It is about 62% contained, and firefighters were helped by lower winds and higher humidity Saturday night.

The favorable weather is expected to continue Sunday, but fire officials are still concerned about “significant fire activity” along the unsecured perimeter of the fire, according to a Sunday update.

The fire is mostly unsecured along the east and south perimeters, including a branch of fire that spread east during high winds last week. Crews will work to build containment lines along those areas Sunday, spokesman Dave Stephan said.

“The plan is to build a line all the way across the south edge of the fire

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Strong winds fan Colorado’s largest recorded wildfire

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 activity, especially along the southeast section, said Cass Cairns, a spokeswoman for the Cameron Peak fire efforts.

“The plan today is to try to hold the fire to the east,” Paul Delmerico, operations chief for the Cameron Peak fire said early Saturday. “We’re facing the same critical fire conditions today as we did yesterday.”


They’re expecting gusts of 60 mph (96 kph) midday, he said.

The fire grew to 293 square miles (759 square kilometers) by Saturday morning and was 57% contained.

Boulder County fire officials reported a new fire had sparked west of Boulder on Saturday afternoon. The Boulder Office of Emergency Management said on

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Colorado sees its largest ever wildfire as cold blasts Midwest and Northeast

Red flag warnings stretch from the West Coast to the Midwest.

The Cameron Peak Fire is now the largest wildfire in Colorado’s history. It has burned more than 173,000 acres and more than 1,300 personnel are battling the blaze.

While the fire is 57% contained, mandatory evacuations are still in place near highway 34 in Larimer County, according to the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office.

Several alerts remain in place Saturday morning across northern Colorado as the fire danger continues.

Dense smoke plumes from the fires currently burning are expected to increase through Saturday, with the smoke spreading east into northeastern Colorado, crossing

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