Just when you think Colorado is out of the drought spell, we find ourselves in another dry summer situation with serious fire danger looming. Hot temperatures, low moisture and high winds all spell worst-case scenario for Colorado this time of year. It doesn’t take long for the lush green of spring to turn dry and brown…perfect tinder just waiting for a spark.
Conditions vary greatly from one area to the next and these conditions can change quickly. Before you venture out into the wilderness of this majestic state, it may help to check in on fire conditions where you wish to travel. The area you are going may have a different set of restrictions than where you are coming from as they establish these rules per county. Colorado Division of Emergency Management is a good source for this and the link is provided below.
Not all counties have updates on the site so some additional phone calls may be needed. However the major recreational counties that I travel are here and this is a first stop for my summer planning. Jefferson County has been placed under Stage 2 restrictions. Stage 2 pretty much means you can’t even say “fire” without a shovel in your hand or some sort of C02 backup nearby. Elbert County has a Stage 2 ban in place. “Ban” is more severe than “restrictions” so this escalates things to possible corporal punishment if caught launching illegal fireworks or tossing that lit cigarette butt out the window. Of course my rendition of the rules may be a bit outdated so I suggest reading through the information yourself when you get time.
Hopefully this information helps folks know the what, when and why in regards to fire danger per Colorado County.
Link to Denver Post High Park Fire update: (Some amazing photos worth checking out)
Good luck and good fishing
Photo credit: Mattsabasser, picture taken from the Haymen fire two years after the fact.