Rain, snow delay wildfire season in Colorado mountains | AspenTimes.com

Rain, snow delay wildfire season in Colorado mountains

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

DENVER ” Federal fire managers say above-normal precipitation in April has helped ease early spring fire potential in eastern Colorado and has delayed the start of fire season at higher elevations.

However they say a long-term drought could contribute to brief periods of above-normal fire potential in June.

The National Interagency Fire Center, headquartered in Boise, Idaho, released its 2009 Wildland Fire Outlook on Friday.

It predicted a busy wildfire season this summer in northern California and above-normal fire activity in north-central Washington, southern Arizona and southern New Mexico.

It expects large fire potential in northwest Colorado in July and August.

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