The National Interagency Fire Center recently reported that unusually high temperatures and dry conditions, combined with light winter snowpack, are heightening the risk for extreme wildfires in Western Colorado, particularly as temperatures increase through June. Traditionally, mid-May marks the start of wildfire season on the Western Slope, but this year there was an earlier start. For iSeeChange, KVNF’s Julia Kumari Drapkin reports on what’s changing when it comes to fighting wildfires.

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