Report: Western Colorado to remain at above normal fire risk

Colorado News

Smoke rises from mountain ridges as a wildfire burns Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, near Granby, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — A newly released report has shown western Colorado will remain at an “above normal significant fire risk” through August this year as a large swath of the U.S. West grapples with triple-digit temperatures and drought. The Aspen Times reported a predictive services team for federal agencies said little relief is expected from the monsoon this year, except in higher elevations in southwest Colorado, so the wildfire risk is not expected to diminish until September. The U.S. Drought Monitor shows the western half of Pitkin County in extreme drought and the higher-altitude eastern half in severe drought. Officials say the conditions are similar around the state.

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