Fire Season

Colorado and much of the Rocky Mountain West are looking at an "average" fire season this year, forecasters said in their first seasonal wildfire assessment. However, the Denver-based Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center said below-average snowpack, drought in some areas and forecasts for a warm, dry summer could raise fire danger in some areas of the Western Slope later this summer. The five-year average is 2,442 fires burning 45,553 acres each year in Colorado.