Rain, snow delay wildfire season
DENVER, Colorado ” Federal fire managers say above-normal precipitation in April has helped ease early spring fire potential in eastern Colorado and has delayed the start of fire season at higher elevations.
However they say a long-term drought could contribute to brief periods of above-normal fire potential in June.
The National Interagency Fire Center, headquartered in Boise, Idaho, released its 2009 Wildland Fire Outlook on Friday.
It predicted a busy wildfire season this summer in northern California and above-normal fire activity in north-central Washington, southern Arizona and southern New Mexico.
It expects large fire potential in northwest Colorado in July and August.
Snow usually comes and goes in this part of the state. A forecasted storm is expected to stick around for a while. Forecasters are calling for snow to persist throughout the weekend in the high country, with a prospect of a couple of feet of powder by the time the storm starts to diminish on Monday.