There is a collective sense of relief today as the Cold Springs Fire is 100 percent contained and evacuations are lifted.
We could only watch from afar as the fire devastated our community of Nederland, ultimately destroying eight homes and seven other structures. This has been a very real wake-up call, no one expects to lose everything in a matter of days.
I want to thank all of the brave men and women who battled this fire under very challenging conditions. Our firefighters and emergency responders worked day and night to protect our homes and keep our communities safe.
As Coloradans, we need to continue the conversation about our changing climate, which is the driving force to these extreme and unpredictable fires. This summer we’ve seen record-breaking temperatures across the Front Range, accompanied by very little rain, which is an unfortunate formula for frequent and intense wildfires. Warming temperatures combined with increased development in the WUI, historic fire suppression, and careless recreators, create more risks for firefighters on the ground.