120 Days: 2002

Wildfire and drought dominate the news in 2002. Colorado counts 2,012 fires torching 501,630 acres. More than 81,400 people are evacuated from their homes and more than 1,000 structures are burned.

The Missionary Ridge Fire north of Durango and the Hayman Fire in central Colorado, started by a U.S. Forest Service worker, are the worst.

Drought and chronic wasting disease take their toll on wildlife.

Michael Blagg is arrested for murder as his wife Jennifer’s body is found in the Mesa County landfill. Daughter Abby is still missing.

Bob Dylan plays to a packed grandstand at the Mesa County Fairgrounds. A new fossil is found at Dinosaur Hill near Fruita; it is temporarily named Pterosaur.

To view an ongoing photo gallery of The Daily Sentinel’s 120 years project, go to GJSentinel.com.


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