In a state that gets as dry as Colorado, fire safety is extremely important. Human-caused wildfires result in the destruction of thousands of acres of Centennial State wilderness every year. One source estimates that up to 90 percent of wildland fires across America may be caused by humans. Don't be the next person to start one – know how to be fire smart.
Here's a look at the largest "human-caused" wildfires the state has seen. In this case, "human-caused" includes fires caused by man-made items such as cars and trains.
Editor's Note: Determining the cause behind a wildfire can often be difficult. Note the included asterisk (*) with fires where the cause remains debated. Some fires may also be unintentionally omitted from this list due to lack of information still available.
6. Last Chance Kahnbarsst (Wikimedia Commons)
5. Beaver Creek Fire (2016) Photo Credit: US Forest Service.
4. 117 Fire Jerilee Bennett; The Gazette
3. The 416 & Burro Complex Fire. Photo Credit: US Forest Service
2. Spring Creek Fire Burn scar Photo Credit Jeffrey Beall Wikimedia Commons
1. Hayman Fire
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