🔥 Yes, our wildfire situation CAN get worse
BY PEYTON GARCIA | @CITYCASTDENVER
COLORADO’S WILDFIRE FORECAST
It’s that time of year again… there’s smoke in the air, red flag warnings blowing up your phone, and a surge in existential dread over climate change. It’s wildfire season.
🔥 First, the bad news:
State officials revealed alarming news in their 2022 wildfire forecast on Friday. Experts are predicting above-average temps and below-average precipitation this summer beginning in mid-May and lasting through July. If you thought the last few summers were bad, they were, but officials believe this could be the worst wildfire year in state history. (Read the full report here.)
📈 The state of the situation:
Illustrating the situation’s urgency the report was held on one of the worst fire danger days Colorado has seen in about a decade. The National Weather Service issued rare, preemptive warnings for “extremely dangerous” fire conditions — conditions that sparked at least seven fires across the state.
Just last week, Boulder County residents were forced to evacuate twice in response to two different fires. And a fire that broke out Wednesday in Monte Vista in southern Colorado burned a number of houses.
Last summer’s conditions had experts saying fire season was now a year-round phenomena, and the mid-winter appearance of the Marshall Fire — Colorado’s most destructive fire in state history — seems like the proof we didn’t want to see.
🚒 The plan of attack:
The state is injecting $20 million in leftover federal funds into firefighting and fire prevention initiatives, including expanding its fleet of firefighters and fire-detecting aircrafts. Officials have also launched a new preparedness level system that will rate fire danger from 1 to 5, helping allocate resources throughout the state.
There are also bills working their way through the state and federal legislature that will aim to improve disaster preparedness and wildfire response protocols.
YOU can better prepare yourself by checking out the resources available through the Colorado Division of Prevention and Control.
🔎 Learn more about Colorado’s 2022 wildfire forecast 👉 [Denver7; CPR; CO Sun]
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