WFO Denver/Boulder


...WILDFIRE IN COLORADO, WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR INFORMATION...

THE NAMES ROLL OFF THE TONGUE. THE 2000S HAVE BEEN ROUGH YEARS FOR FIRE IN COLORADO. THE HAYMAN
Fire, 4 MILE FILE, HIGH PARK FIRE, MISIONARY RIDGE FIRE, WALDO CANYON FIRE,
THE ROYAL GORGE FIRE, THE BLACK FOREST FIRE. THESE ARE BUT A FEW OF THE FIRES WE HAVE SEEN IN THE 
PAST 10 TO 15 YEARS.  DROUGHT, PINE BEETLE DAMAGE, THE INCREASE OF HABITATION IN THE URBAN 
INTERFACE, YEARS OF TIGHT FIRE MANAGEMENT HAVE ALL CONTRIBUTED TO THE INCREASE OF HIGH 
IMPACT FIRES.   

TO ASSIST IN YOUR PREPARATION FOR FIRE, THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PROVIDES A VARIETY OF 
FIRE WEATHER FORECAST PRODUCTS. TWICE A DAY IN COLORADO, FIRE WEATHER PLANNING 
FORECASTS ARE MADE FROM EACH WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE SERVING THE STATE. A FIRE WEATHER 
WATCH MAY BE ISSUED IF IN THE NEXT 12 TO 48 HOURS THE FORECAST INCLUDES GUSTY WINDS OF 25 
MPH OR GREATER, RELATIVE HUMIDITIES OF LESS THAN 15 PERCENT FOR AT LEAST THREE HOURS, DRY 
LIGHTNING, OR A COMBINATION OF WEATHER AND FUEL CONDITIONS THAT MAY MAKE LARGE 
WILDFIRES POSSIBLE. A RED FLAG WARNING WILL BE ISSUED IF THESE SAME CRITIAL FIRE CONDITIONS 
ARE FORECAST WITHIN THE NEXT 24 HOURS. BOTH FIRE WEATHER WATCHES AND RED FLAG 
WARNINGS ARE ISSUED IN COORDINATION WITH LAND MANAGEMENT AGENCIES.  

THE FIRE WEATHER SPOT PROGRAM SUPPORTS LAND MANAGEMENT AGENCIES FOR BOTH PRESCRIBED 
BURNS AND FOR WILDFIRES. A FIRE WEATHER SPOT FORECAST IS A DETAILED FORECAST FOR AN 
INDIVIDUAL FIRE.  

FOR NATIONAL TYPE 2 OR TYPE 1 FIRES THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILL DETAIL AN 
IMET…INCIDENT METEOROLOGIST TO A FIRE TEAM TO PROVIDE ONSITE WEATHER SUPPORT AND 
DETAILED FIRE FORECASTS.

IF YOU LIVE IN THE URBAN  INTERFACE THERE ARE A NUMBER OF ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE TO REDUCE 
YOUR PERSONAL FIRE THREAT INCLUDING REDUCING  VEGETATION NEAR THE HOME AND PUTTING A 
FIRE RESISTANT ROOF ON YOUR HOME.  MORE INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE FROM YOUR LOCAL FIRE 
DEPARTMENT AND AT HTTP://WWW.READY.GOV/WILDFIRES.

WHEN A FIRE OCCURS, THERE MAY BE YEARS OF INCREASED FLOOD THREAT ON THE BURN SCAR, AS
A HEALTHY FOREST CAN HANDLE AN INCH TO INCH AND A HALF OF RAIN WITH NO FLOOD RISK. ONCE 
THE LITTER AND VEGETATION IS REMOVED BY FIRE…AS LITTLE AS A HALF INCH OF RAIN IN A SHORT 
PERIOD CAN CAUSE SERIOUS AND POSSIBLY LIFE THREATENING FLOODING.  

COLORADO FLOOD SAFETY AND WILDFIRE AWARENESS WEEK CONTINUES THROUGH THIS SATURDAY.   


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