Colorado wildfire danger a 'complete 180' from dry 2018

  • Source: The Gazette
  • Published: 04/15/2019 12:00 AM

Colorado’s fire season is shaping up to be a “complete 180” from last year, experts say. “Everything last year was pointing toward above average fire risk, and everything this year is pointing toward below average,” said Bureau of Land Management meteorologist Russell Mann, who compiled the Rocky Mountain Region’s Fire Potential Outlook released in April. The state’s snowpack — a significant indicator of spring and summer wildfire risk — is tied for the second highest since 1992, sitting comfortably at 157 percent of its median. Last year’s snowpack was tied for the third lowest. Precipitation was also plentiful in February and March — significantly more so in March, and almost entirely eliminated Colorado’s drought.


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