Published: Sept. 24, 2014

A new study that included researchers at the University of Colorado asserts that despite the series of damaging forest fires across the state in the past decade, they don't represent a dramatic departure from the historical norm.

The area of the authors' study encompassed 1.3 million acres of ponderosa pine and mixed conifer forest from Teller County west of Colorado Springs through Larimer County west and north of Fort Collins. They reconstructed the timing and severity of past fires using fire-scarred trees and tree-ring data going back to the 1600s.

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