Smoke from at least 12 wildfires burning across Colorado and beyond continues to hang over large parts of the state.
Snow packs, reservoirs and aquifers around the state are running dry.
Summit County downgraded its fire restrictions to Stage 1 on Tuesday morning after a special session vote.
Microscopic inhalable particles from wildfire smoke can get deep into the lungs and play havoc with those who suffer from heart and respiratory issues.
Solitary lookout towers in the western United States still hold an important place in wildland firefighting.
Coal-fired engines can produce sparks that could ignite a wildfire.
Emily Fischer and her team pilot a specially outfitted aircraft to research smoke and air quality.
Wildfire threats in Colorado and across the Southwest have been significantly dampened by the monsoon season, but national fire and climatology experts said Wednesday the region is still grappling with the long-term effects of drought.
Air crews say that this fire season started a lot faster and harder than expected.
One woman died when a suburban Denver basement apartment flooded during the severe rain.