Snow packs, reservoirs and aquifers around the state are running dry.
Extremely low water levels has forced the city of Aspen to declare a stage 2 water shortage for the first time in history.
Solitary lookout towers in the western United States still hold an important place in wildland firefighting.
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.
One woman died when a suburban Denver basement apartment flooded during the severe rain.
Monsoon storms helped dampen fire concerns in BLM-managed public lands across the state.
In western Colorado, volunteers say they’re preparing to bring up to 5,000 gallons of water per day to a herd of 750 desperate horses.
Campfires are now only allowed in designated campfire rings in picnic areas and established campgrounds. Charcoal grills, wood fuel camp stoves and gas grills can also be used.
While dry summers aren’t new, a winter and spring with little snow and rain have pushed parts of the state to get drier, faster.
Currently more than 80 percent of the state is in some form of drought.