Fire dangers to increase as summer temps return |

Fire dangers to increase as summer temps return

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – This week’s rainfall gave the region an early sign of winter above 12,000 feet, but did little to decrease fire danger in the lower region going into the weekend, according to the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit.

“We took anywhere from a half an inch to an inch of rain from the last 48 hours, which definitely moderated the fire danger,” said Jim Genung with the agency. “But, at the same notion, we have the high pressure building, temperatures are warming back into the 80s, and humidity is going to be drying out quite a bit. Going into next week, we’ll be climbing back out there for a little higher fire danger.”

Grasses have already cured for the season, meaning they hold very little moisture and increase the fire danger, Genung said.

Forecasts for the next week call for temperatures in the 70s and 80s with little chance for precipitation. Long-term forecasts are calling for a dry October with warmer temperatures.

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