At an estimated 230 acres, the Flagstaff Fire was sparked yesterday near the edge of Boulder. Air support was immediately called in to help squelch the fire, but concerns remain high due to two familiar factors: dry conditions and hot & windy weather.
Morning Edition Host Emily Boyer interviews I-News' Michael Kodas & Burt Hubbard
The number of wildfires in Colorado has exploded during the past decade. So has the number of people living in high-risk fire zones.
And public policies for dealing with both actually risk making the state’s fire danger even worse, an I-News Network investigation found.
In the past two decades, a quarter million people have moved into Colorado’s red zones – the parts of the state at risk for the most dangerous wildfires. Today, one of every four Colorado homes is in a red zone.