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Sun April 28, 2013
Environment

New Website Shows Wildfire Risk

The current potential wildfire intensity statewide.
Credit Colorado Wildfire Risk Assessment

A new website by the Colorado Forest Service allows residents of Summit County to determine the wildfire risk in their area.

The Colorado Wildfire Risk Assessment, or CO-WRAP website lets people view different maps of the state and download information about neighborhoods and watersheds. Officials say the goal of the website is to inform residents so they can mitigate the fire danger on their property.

The portal was created using GIS (geographic information systems) and combines information from fire departments, the National Weather Service, the U.S. Census Bureau and other sources to evaluate the risk of wildfire, according to the Steamboat Today.

The website also offers a fire risk tool so people can learn what to expect if there is a wildfire in their area and can be used to get assistance from  local agencies.

Seven counties in Colorado are currently fire restrictions – you can check your county here.