Colorado has seen multiple “red flag” days this March, with brush and wildfires breaking out up and down the Interstate 25 corridor.
We’re still months ahead of the traditional wildfire “season,” and last year’s fires burned as late as November, which fits a pattern observed by scientists and firefighters alike: Fire season is practically year-round now.
Just a few hundred feet from the front doors of Highline Academy Charter School’s southeast Denver campus is Interstate 25, where more than 200,000 vehicles rush by each day.
At Swansea Elementary School in north Denver, kids frolic near the busy Interstate 70 overpass that abuts the playground. Three miles west, at a charter school called STRIVE Prep – Sunnyside, the same highway looms just past a chain link fence next to the school.