Colorado’s summer wildfire season could be the worst since 2012 and 2013, state officials say |

Colorado’s summer wildfire season could be the worst since 2012 and 2013, state officials say

The state has spent millions on high-tech planes and other equipment

Jesse Paul
The Denver Post
An entire neighborhood burns near the foothills of Colorado Springs as the Waldo Canyon fire erupts out of control in 2012. State officials say the 2018 fire season could be the worst since 2012 and 2013.
Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post

Conditions are setting up what could be the worst summer wildfire season in Colorado since 2012 and 2013, officials said Friday, when devastating blazes ravaged areas across the state.

“It appears that this will probably be the worst one, forecast-wise, in quite some time,” said Mike Morgan, director of the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control. “Abnormally dry weather and a dry winter has left our mountains nearly barren.”

While state fire officials hedged that it’s too early to have a hard-and-fast prediction for what fire conditions will be this summer, things aren’t looking up.

Snowpack levels, especially in the southeast and southwest parts of the state, are much lower than normal. On top of that, the U.S. Drought Monitor says as of Thursday that 87.62 percent of the state is either experiencing abnormally dry, moderate drought, severe drought or extreme drought conditions.

Only extreme northeast Colorado and the northern mountains bordering Wyoming are in the clear.

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