3:29pm

Thu May 5, 2011
Colorado Wildfires

BLM Lifts Fire Restrictions in Northern Colorado

Citing decreased danger in northern and eastern Colorado, the Bureau of Land Management has lifted fire restrictions on its lands in Boulder, Gilpin, Larimer, Lincoln, Logan, Morgan, Sedgwick, Washington, Weld and Yuma counties.

Restrictions are still in place for BLM lands in Baca, Bent, Crowley, Kiowa, Otero, Prowers, Custer, El Paso, Fremont, Huerfano, Las Animas, Park, Pueblo and Teller counties.

Higher humidity and rain have helped Northern Colorado avoid fire danger in recent weeks. But in Southern Colorado crews finished fighting a 500-acre wildfire south of Canyon City on Thursday. Steve Segin with Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center says the risk for that part of the state remains high.

“That’s going to be the focus of the fire activity we see going into what we consider the main fire season,” he says.

Segin adds that the risk will lessen in late June to early July when the monsoon season starts. Fire danger along the Northern Front Range is listed at “average” for the same time period.

Last month, state forest leaders told Governor Hickenlooper to prepare for an extended fire season due to abnormally dry conditions.