Southwestern Colorado’s Mancos Valley had long been thought of as an agricultural promised land, seemingly resistant to the ravages of climate change. There had been dry years, of course. But, along with acres and acres of crops, the blissful notion of relative immunity perished in 2021.
Summit County officials evacuated nearly 200 residences in Silverthorne earlier this week due to the Ptarmigan Fire’s rapid spread. Fire managers say they’re seeing more burns behave in a similar manner.