Anticipated rains not necessarily the antidote to rough fire season
June 17, 2018
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.