Colorado among leading states nationwide for current wildfires, July 4th fireworks fuel concerns – The Denver Post
More than a half-dozen wildfires are burning in Colorado, torching thousands of acres from the Wyoming border to the San Juan Mountains. The state is a hot spot nationally for wildfires as the potentially combustible Fourth of July holiday approaches.
The fires, in part, have been fueled by several days of scorching heat across the state, with temperatures climbing over 100 degrees in widespread areas on Thursday. Weekend weather brings a cool down with a chance for showers and thunderstorms in northeastern and north central Colorado, but that weather system will move on quickly and its back to sunny skies and heat.
In southwestern Colorado, where the stubborn 416 fire has been burning since June 1, chances of a brief, cool, moist reprise is not likely anytime soon. The 416 fire, 13 miles north of Durango, has burned more than 41,600 acres and was 37 percent contained on Friday.
“The southwestern corner of the state is looking continually dry,” said Kyle Fredin, a meteorologist and spokesman with the National Weather Service.
The Spring fire, in Costilla County, has burned more than 28,000 acres and the blaze shut down U.S. 160 on Friday for safety precautions as well as to beef up fire suppression efforts along the highway, using a stretch of asphalt as a containment line.
#SpringFire continues to grow and has jumped CO 160 at mile point 384, near Huerfano County Road 442. CDOT and CSP will keep US 160 closed due to poor viability, heavy smoke and the fire’s proximity to the highway. Check https://t.co/uOU0HHbUQ6 for latest closures. pic.twitter.com/3CYaHGhuo6
— CDOT (@ColoradoDOT) June 29, 2018
A relatively dry fall and winter in Colorado, especially in southwestern Colorado, has helped to set up tinder box conditions in the state. Combine ongoing summer heat with the dry fuels