Gold: Waldo Canyon Fire
The most expensive wildfire in Colorado’s history broke out in late June the foothills and mountains in the Pike National Forest northwest of Colorado Springs, leaving two people dead and causing more than $352.6 million in damages to 18,247 acres. The blaze destroyed 346 homes and forced the evacuation of more than 32,000 residents in various neighborhoods in Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs, Woodland Park and small mountain communities in the area.
Firefighters battled the fire for 18 days before declaring the blaze fully contained on July 10. Investigators have determined that it was human-caused but have given no details.
Silver: Pueblo’s city manager mess
Bronze: Arrival of the Dougherty Gang