Colorado

Jun 3, 2014 9:18 PM by Bill Folsom

Wildfire warnings continue despite more moisture in fire fuels

June has been a terrible month for wildfires over the past two years in Colorado. During 2012 it was the Waldo Canyon Fire. In 2013, the Black Forest Fire burned hundreds of homes. Both years, drought conditions had taken fuel moisture down very low, which pushed fire danger extremely high.

The fire forecast for 2014 shows some improvement because of more snow and rain through winter and spring. "It's not a huge improvement. It's an improvement," says Amy Sylvester with Colorado Springs Fire Department.

The amount of moisture has increased in fire fuels like trees and grass. In trees like ponderosa pine it is only about a 10% recovery. Grasses right now are much greener than a year ago at this time, but they can dry out in just days depending on weather conditions. "On days like today where we're hitting close to 90 degrees and we have a red flag warning I mean we're all on the alert it's still a very high fire danger for us today regardless of the fact the fuel moisture is a little bit higher," said Sylvester, "Green fuel can still burn it just takes the right conditions."

The added moisture is a welcome improvement. There is still a warning that wildfire danger remains.

 

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