Colorado

Apr 14, 2011 2:32 PM by Greg Boyce

Forester warns not all fires can be controlled quickly

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Colorado's state forester is warning that wildfires may get bigger and more dangerous because of dry conditions.

State Forester Jeff Jahnke said Thursday that high winds and dry forests are making it more difficult to send in firefighters to fight blazes on the ground. He says they may have to rely more on equipment.  Jahnke said the public needs to understand that not all fires can be quickly contained.

He made his comments after the governor's annual briefing on the state's fire danger.  Gov. John Hickenlooper said the state is prepared for an extended fire season after major fires in January and February.

Fire season usually runs from May to September, but the state had 64 fires in March.

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