What will we learn from the Colorado fires?

  • [photos by Robert Castellino]

    [photos by Robert Castellino]

By Marcy Axness and Patric Hedlund, TME

In the holiday bustle before New Year’s Eve, many people were not even aware of the wind-driven wildfire catastrophe happening in Colorado.

Some were surprised to see Facebook friends from that area marking themselves “Safe” from a wildfire in the dead of winter.

On December 30, others, like Don Hobbs, living at the southern edge of Boulder’s Louisville suburb, were…(please see below to view full stories and photographs)

Photo captions:

Ruins of Superior, a once-thriving suburb south of Boulder, after the Marshall fire.

The fire wreckage on Spyglass Drive in Louisville was still smoking at dawn on New Year’s Eve, January 31, 2021. 

Ashes and rubble on Cherokee Drive in Superior, Colorado, 8 days after the fire, in what was a well established suburban community, surrounded by grasslands and asphalt, no forest for miles. Critics point to political responses pushed by the logging industry’s ‘gold rush’ to cut down more trees as misplaced, and not based on evidence about what will make communities safer.

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This is part of the January 14, 2022 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.

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