Posted: Sep 7, 2010 8:30 AM by John Romero
Updated: Sep 7, 2010 8:30 AM
A 200-acre fire in Calhan on Sunday is followed by a 3000+ acre fire in Boulder County on Monday. They stand as big reminders that we are still in the middle of fire season. "We're really concerned about what's happening along the Front Range and along our wild land urban interface areas." says Lt. Greg Martinez with the Colorado Springs Fire Department.
Just like in Boulder County, Southern Colorado has a lot of old pine trees and brush. As the fall comes in and they start to dry out, it becomes prime fuel for a fire. "Fall is starting to come on and we're also starting to dry out." explains Martinez, "As everybody has probably noticed we haven't had significant rainfall the past couple of weeks. So thing are starting to dry out as is evidenced by what's happening in Boulder with the 4 Mile Canyon fire."
Warm and windy days are also big contributors to fire danger, which keeps fire crews in Southern Colorado on alert at all times. "We can definitely have the same typical conditions that Boulder is experiencing right here in Colorado Springs because we have such a large wild land urban interface area." says Martinez, " It's a big concern for us and it's something we want to be very cognisant of."