A mild winter coupled with higher than average temperatures are causing what little snow is left in the mountains to disappear.
Despite recent rains, state and federal officials continue to warn that severe drought and historically low snowpack mean Colorado could be in for a long wildfire season.
Severe drought hitting much of Colorado’s mountains is prompting many local officials to consider implementing fire bans; a move that follows similar restrictions already in place along the tinder dry Front Range.
Aspen trees in Colorado and the west have been decimated by a long and exceptionally dry drought. The southern Rockies lost more than 1.3 million trees alone between 2005 and 2010.