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Vigilance needed even as Colorado’s wildfire forecast is better than average

Posted at 6:35 PM, May 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-08 09:31:48-04

COLORADO – Colorado emergency managers just met with Governor Jared Polis to discuss Colorado’s 2019 wildfire forecast. It is much better than last year.  “Forecasts appear that we will have an average to slightly below average fire season,” said Division of Fire Prevention and Control, Director, Mike Morgan.

There is also a reality check backed by numbers. Numbers tracked by the state show wildfires every year for the last 20 years in Colorado. The largest ones make the new, but there are more than most people realize. Morgan offers some perspective, with how many are likely during an average wildfire year. “It’s important to know and realize that even with an average fire season predicted we will respond to approximately 6-thousand fires and will burn over 100-thousand acres in Colorado.”

There is always need for wildfire caution in Colorado. During an “average” danger year fire may burn fewer acres, but it is still a threat to people and property.