Snow rapidly disappearing in #Colorado, sparking concerns about wildfire season — OutThereColorado.com #snowpack #runoff

From OutThereColorado.com (Breanna Sneeringer):

As the snowpack melts “faster than usual,” warmer and drier conditions have contributed to an increased risk of wildfires across parts of the state – despite statewide snowpack levels being reported “higher than normal” at the beginning of April. At that time, snowpack was at 102% of the norm statewide…

This increased lack of snowpack comes after a hopeful start to the year when it came to reducing drought risks…

The shrinking snowpack is concerning for wildfire season, especially in the southwestern corner of the state where several weeks of dry weather and early snowmelt have been observed. These conditions are similar to those…which resulted in several large wildfires including the West Fork Complex Fire and the 416 Fire.

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