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COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, June 25, 2012 – Recent fire activity, above normal temperatures, strong winds and very dry fuels have left the city with EXTREME wildland fire danger. Wildland fuel moistures are near the lowest levels since 2002, the year of the Hayman Fire. Fuel moisture levels in the dead fuels, oak brush and pines are dangerously low which has resulted in extreme crown fire behavior on the Waldo Canyon Fire.
“We continue to monitor local fire weather and fuels on a daily basis,” said Brett Lacey, Fire Marshal for the Colorado Springs Fire Department. “Conditions are aligned for extreme fire behavior with no relief in the near future.”
Chief Rich Brown stated, “The Waldo Canyon Fire is a reminder that we live in a wildfire prone area. Protecting life and property has to be everyone’s priority”
Chief Rich Brown also noted that, “a burn ban will go into effect Monday June 25, 2012 @ 1800 MST and will stay in effect until weather and fuel conditions improve.” For information about fire restrictions and related activities see the attached information sheet.
Everyone is asked to take extra precautions to prevent wildfires when participating in all types of outdoor activities. When smoking in a vehicle, do not discard cigarettes out of the window. We ask that parents remain especially cognizant of their children’s activities. Immediately call 911 when smoke or flames are spotted.
The time to mitigate your property is before a fire starts. Residents are encouraged to “Share the Responsibility” and reduce their wildfire risk by implementing Wildfire Mitigation concepts in their landscaping. Wildfire hazard ratings for individual addresses are available at http://csfd.springsgov.com.