Despite recent snow, high fire danger continues in the #SanLuisValley The Ark Valley Voice #RioGrande

Click the link to read the article on the Ark Valley Voice website (Jan Wondra). Here’s an excerpt:

While Chaffee and Fremont counties have been released (temporarily) from fire restrictions, such is not the case in San Luis Valley. The entire San Luis Valley is under fire restrictions. The Saguache County Office of Emergency Management is urging residents to prepare for wildfire…

The three National Weather Service offices in Colorado issued 62 red-flag warnings in April — the most since record-keeping began in 2006. Snowpack levels were well below average with the San Luis Valley recording less than half of its normal levels, according to the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Center…

Drought is expected to persist well into the summer according to the National Integrated Drought Information System. Models from the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center also suggest the coming months will be warmer and much drier than normal across Colorado. Above normal significant fire potential is expected to continue from June through September according to the National Interagency Fire Center.

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