USFS Reminds Public to be Careful with Fire


Pueblo, March. 14, 2018 – It is no easy task to make predictions for what the fire season will look like in our area compared to previous years. The outlook is determined by examining many variables such as precipitation, snowpack, wind events, relative humidity levels, temperatures, sea surface temperatures, expected weather patterns, fuel dryness and drought conditions.

This winter has been drier across the Pike and San Isabel NF, Cimarron and Comanche NG and conditions are comparable to our busiest fire seasons. If we do not receive moisture fire danger will climb to the High to Very high range within a week or two.

Careless human acts have caused nearly half of the wildfires on the Pike and San Isabel National Forests, Cimarron and Comanche NG in the last ten years. “It is so important now more than ever, for the public to be aware of any activities that may cause a wildfire,” said Ralph Bellah, Fire Information Officer.

When visiting the forest be careful with any kind of fire use. It is important to “Know Before You Go” and find out what the current conditions and restrictions may be where you are planning to visit. Put out your campfire out (make sure it is cold to the touch) before you leave, check area after target shooting, don’t park on dry grass, and obey all fire restrictions that may be in place.  It is all are responsibility to keep a wildfire from starting.

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