WFO Denver/Boulder


...FLOOD AND WILDFIRE SEASON IS APPROACHING...KNOW YOUR RISKS...MAKE YOUR 
PLANS...IMPROVE YOUR OUTCOME...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WANTS EVERYONE TO BE PART OF A WEATHER READY 
NATION.  COLORADO HAS MORE THAN ITS FAIR SHARE OF FLOODS...FLASH FLOODS...AND 
WILDFIRES.  YOU SHOULD BE WEATHER READY...AND KNOW HOW TO STAY SAFE WHEN FLOODS 
AND WILDFIRES AFFECT YOUR AREA.

GOVERNOR HICKENLOOPER HAS PROCLAIMED THIS WEEK...MARCH 16TH THROUGH MARCH 22ND 
AS COLORADO FLOOD SAFETY AND WILDFIRE AWARENESS WEEK.  NOW IS THE TIME TO LEARN 
ABOUT FLOOD AND WILDFIRE RISKS IN COLORADO...AND TO DEVELOP YOUR PLANS TO 
IMPROVE YOU OUTCOME.   

 FLOODPRONE AREAS HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED IN OVER 250 CITIES AND TOWNS AND IN ALL 
OF THE 64 COUNTIES IN COLORADO. OVER 250 THOUSAND PEOPLE LIVE IN FLOODPLAINS IN 
COLORADO. THERE ARE ESTIMATED TO BE 65 THOUSAND HOMES AND 15 THOUSAND 
COMMERCIAL...INDUSTRIAL...AND BUSINESS STRUCTURES IN IDENTIFIED FLOODPLAINS. 
THERE ARE LIKELY MANY MORE STRUCTURES LOCATED WITHIN UNMAPPED FLOOD HAZARD 
AREAS. THE VALUE OF THE PROPERTY...STRUCTURES...AND CONTENTS LOCATED IN THE 
IDENTIFIED FLOODPLAINS IS ESTIMATED TO BE NEARLY 15 BILLION DOLLARS.
 
FLOODS AND FLASH FLOODS HAVE KILLED OVER 400 PEOPLE IN COLORADO SINCE THE TURN 
OF THE 20TH CENTURY.  THE HISTORIC WEATHER PATTERN OF SEPTEMBER 2013 REMINDS US 
ALL THAT FLOODS ARE A MAJOR CONCERN ACROSS THE CENTENNIAL STATE.  FLOODS HAVE 
CAUSED BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF DAMAGE IN COLORADO.  

ON AVERAGE 2500 WILDFIRES OCCUR ACROSS COLORADO EACH YEAR. SINCE 2012...8 PEOPLE 
HAVE BEEN KILLED WHEN WILDFIRES OCCURRED IN THE WILDLAND-URBAN INTERFACE.  

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST OFFICES WHICH SERVE COLORADO WILL
ISSUE A SERIES OF PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENTS DURING THIS FLOOD SAFETY AND 
WILDFIRE AWARENESS WEEK...COVERING THE FOLLOWING TOPICS…

SUNDAY...INTRODUCTION TO THE WEEK
MONDAY...FLOOD WATCHES AND WARNINGS
TUESDAY...RIVER FLOODS
WEDNESDAY...FLASH FLOODS 
THURSDAY...FIRE FORECASTS…WATCHES…AND WARNINGS  
FRIDAY...WILDFIRE SAFETY AND MITIGATION
SATURDAY...REVIEW OF THE WEEK

MORE INFORMATION ON FLOODS AND WILDFIRES IS AVAILABLE AT YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL 
WEATHER SERVICE WEB SITES…

     WWW.WEATHER.GOV/DENVER      NWS DENVER WEB SITE
     WWW.WEATHER.GOV/PUEBLO      NWS PUEBLO WEB SITE
     WWW.WEATHER.GOV/GOODLAND    NWS GOODLAND WEB SITE
     WWW.WEATHER.GOV/GJT         NWS GRAND JUNCTION WEB SITE


TOM MAGNUSON
WARNING COORDINATION METEOROLOGIST
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PUEBLO

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