Good morning southern Colorado and here's what you need to know on your Wednesday morning.
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Pine Gulch Fire is almost the largest wildfire in Colorado history
As the Pine Gulch Fire continues to grow along the Western Slope, it's also climbing toward becoming the largest wildfire in Colorado's history. As of Wednesday morning, the fire is at 135, 903 acres and 47% contained. The largest wildfire in the state's history is the Hayman Fire, sitting at 137,760 acres.
El Paso County Sheriff's Office searching for teen suspect in Widefield shooting
The El Paso County Sheriff's Office is looking for a 14-year-old accused of shooting an 18-year-old last night in a Widefield neighborhood. The incident happened on Caballero Avenue, in a neighborhood west of Fountain Mesa Road, at around 9:45 p.m. While the suspect has not been arrested, the sheriff's office says the juvenile knew the alleged victim, and there is no threat to the community.
Hot with a better chance for storms later today
Hot but with less smoke across southern Colorado and a chance for rain in the afternoon. We're going to see showers and storms form over the mountains in the early afternoon and drift east into the I-25 corridor through the end of the day. Storms will not survive very long as they move east of I-25.
Pueblo District 60 announces high schools to start remotely
Pueblo District 60 announced it is having all of its high schools begin the school year Monday completely virtual. The note sent out to families Tuesday morning said the district is moving forward with this change because of the high demand for a virtual hybrid option at the high school level and "more time is necessary to continue to adjust class sizes and schedules." Last month, the district's school board voted to approve a Return to School Plan consisting of a mixture of in-person instruction, hybrid instruction, and a 100% virtual learning option.
El Paso County Sheriff seeks public's help in locating wanted suspect
The El Paso County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in locating a suspect wanted for Felony Eluding. The sheriff's office said Kevin Michael Chester failed to stop during an attempted traffic stop on Aug. 24 and then pulled over and fled on foot. The passenger in his vehicle at the time was detained and interviewed. Deputies were then able to identify Chester as the driver of the vehicle.
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