From The Denver Post (Jesse Paul):
The U.S. Drought Monitor report shows that the abnormal dryness is centered around Denver, and the state’s northeast and southeast.
“We’ve been dry August and September,” said Bob Koopmeiners, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Boulder. “Way below normal.”
The new dryness percentage follows a report last week in which only about 10 percent of Colorado was listed as abnormally dry.
In July, a drought monitor report showed that Colorado was nearly free of the thirst that had affected the state — particularly the Western Slope and southeastern counties — for years.
The dry conditions have led to open-burn bans across the Front Range, including in Jefferson, Boulder and Clear Creek counties.
From KUSA via the Fort Collins Coloradan:
Larimer County, parts of Boulder County, unincorporated Arapahoe County, unincorporated Jefferson County, Lincoln County and Gilpin County are under some level of fire ban. On Thursday afternoon, Clear Creek County became the latest one to impose fire restrictions.
Along the western edge of the metro area, it is not hard to find evidence of just how dry it is…
That sight repeated around the Colorado, where grass fires of varying sizes have broken out in the past few weeks. It is a far cry from what we saw earlier this spring and summer…
Last week, the U.S. Drought Monitor map showed a state with a few abnormally dry spots. Fast forward to now and those dry conditions have grown, encompassing large swaths of the Eastern Plains and up and down the I-25 corridor. Firefighters say it’s evidence of a state that is rapidly drying out.