Posted on June 29, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Fire Restrictions and the Recreation Experience
By Scott Fitzwilliams
The wildland fire situation is serious with several large fires burning across Colorado. Contributing factors for this include: low snowfall winter and a dryer that normal spring; an early fire season; and fire severity indicators that surpass the conditions we experienced in 2002, the year of the Coal Seam and Haymen Fires.
For example, moisture levels in forest fuels types are very low and both relative humidity (moisture in the air) and soil moisture are extremely low. Fire severity indicators are at historic highs. The long term forecast shows continued hot and dry weather. Because of the mountain pine beetle epidemic [and other factors, including decades of complete fire suppression], many areas of the forest have heavy fuel loads. (more…)
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Posted on June 19, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Forest Service enacts rare Stage 2 fire restrictions to minimize risk of human-caused fires; gets funds for outreach, signage and preparedness
Smoke plumes from the 13,000-acre Little Sand Fire tower above the mountains near Pagosa Springs, Colorado.
Fire danger across the WRNF is extreme.
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — Facing some of the most dangerous fire conditions on record, White River National Forest Supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams decided Tuesday to enact Stage 2 fire restrictions, effective 12 a.m. June 22, basically banning any sort of open fire, even in developed campgrounds.
A full explanation of fire restrictions is online here, and visit Firewise.org to learn how to protect your property and prepare for wildfires.
The restrictions could stay in effect through the summer unless there is a significant change in the weather pattern, perhaps two solid weeks of steady afternoon thunderstorms and moisture.
A comprehensive listing of fire restrictions and other fire related emergency information is online at http://www.coemergency.com/. Information on current wildfires in Colorado and around the country is online at http://www.inciweb.org/.
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