wildfires

San Juan National Forest Lifts Fire Restrictions

Jul 13, 2018
Austin Cope

San Juan National Forest has lifted all fire restrictions following an increase in area rainfall. The decision factored in a lower risk for fire behavior, increased humidity and overall weather patterns favorable to combating fires. 

Daniel Rayzel

Several days of showers and thunderstorms have brought some relief to firefighting efforts at the Burro and 416 wildfires — and a risk for flash floods from erosion. 

416 Fire Facebook

416 Fire management will transition to a National Incident Management Organization team on Friday. The switch marks the end of the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Type 1 Team’s two-week service at the fire.

The new team specializes in longer wildfires (416 Fire has been burning since June 1) that are also deeper in the forest and away from densely populated areas.

US Forest Service

Stage 1 fire restrictions will go into effect Tuesday across the San Juan National Forest and on Bureau of Land Management lands within the Tres Rios Field Office, on Canyons of the Ancients National Monument and within portions of the Gunnison Field Office surrounding Silverton, Colorado.

Wildfires Affect Farmers and Ranchers On the Plains

Mar 16, 2017
Jeff Vanuga / NRCS

Grassland fires that started March 6th, in northeast Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas, resulting in the deaths of several  people, thousands of head of livestock were killed, and property on over 1.2 million acres was destroyed.  Favorable growing conditions for grass last fall, followed by recent warm, dry weather, set the stage for the disasters, when strong winds drove flames for miles across the prairies. 

 

 

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