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Anticipated rains not necessarily the antidote to rough fire season

Gary Harmon The Daily Sentinel

A BLM wildlands firefighter mops up.

Rains this weekend are expected to alter fire threats to western Colorado, but they won’t eliminate them.

“In general, getting a shot of rain doesn’t mean you are out of the woods,” said Chris Asbjorn, a Bureau of Land Management fire mitigation and education specialist.

“Quite often, a thunderstorm brings rain, and it brings lightning — it’s a pretty regular occurrence to pick up a fire two or three days after a storm,” Asbjorn said. “Once you get rain, it doesn’t necessarily mean that a fire’s out. It can rekindle and keep burning.”

Still, firefighters on the Western Slope are looking anxiously to the skies — as depicted in forecasts shown on computer screens — and take into account as many factors as possible.

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