Good morning southern Colorado and here's what you need to know on your Thursday morning.
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Cameron Peak Fire, fueled by strong winds, becomes largest wildfire in Colorado's recorded history
The Cameron Peak Fire, which has burned west of Fort Collins for a little more than two months, has become the largest wildfire in Colorado history, fire officials said during a virtual community meeting Wednesday evening.
The fire, which started on Aug. 13 at approximately 1:48 p.m. 15 miles southwest of Red Feather Lakes, flared up overnight after 60 mph gusts were reported in the fire area, prompting new mandatory evacuations throughout the day. It grew to 158,300 acres in size by nightfall.
Pueblo officers deploy darts to avoid dangerous car chases
Time and time again car chases involving law enforcement have proven to be dangerous and costly. Last year News5 Investigates uncovered some of the destruction left behind by suspects who ran from the cops in Pueblo.
Last year, News5 uncovered since 2014 more than 25 police cruisers were damaged in dangerous police chases when suspects refused to pull over in Pueblo. In the wake of our investigation, the department is making a change, deploying technology allowing them to track suspects instead of chase them.
Cooler Thursday ahead in southern Colorado
A cold front that came through southern Colorado last night will leave this afternoon chilly and feeling like fall. Our first hard freeze of the season is all set for Friday morning as overnight lows will cool down to the 10s and 20s.
Trump to participate in town hall event on NBC Thursday instead of debate
NBC News announced Wednesday that President Donald Trump would participate in a town hall-style event on Thursday — the day that he and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden were scheduled to have a debate prior to Trump's COVID-19 diagnosis.
NBC says the event, hosted by Today show anchor Savannah Guthrie, will take place in Miami with "a group of Florida voters."
Colorado releases guidance for ski areas to operate amid COVID-19
Colorado health officials on Wednesday released proposed guidance for ski resorts to operate safely this season amid COVID-19.
The state guidelines focus on wearing masks, staying socially distant when possible and screening of symptoms, all protocols consistent with guidelines for other events and places where people gather.
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