by Pam Zubeck
It's been so dry that the city will impose fire restrictions starting at 8 a.m. Saturday and remain in place until conditions change.
From a press release:
Lack of precipitation and continued high temperatures have left the city with VERY HIGH wildland fire danger. With the little precipitation and strong wind events in recent weeks, the vegetation in the City is extremely dry. Ground fuels are critically low. Before green-up, we have been witnessing the fuel moisture levels in the grasses and weeds steadily declining which makes them vulnerable to an ignition.
"We recently sampled fuel moistures in the city and current conditions are very serious," said Christina Randall, Wildfire Mitigation Administrator for the Colorado Springs Fire Department. "Dry fuels, above normal temperatures and strong wind events have increased the fire risk. Residents need to have a heightened awareness of the situation."
Fire Marshal Brett Lacey reminds residents, "March is typically one of the wettest months of the year in Colorado Springs and we just haven’t received any notable precipitation. It's important for citizens to know that even though we are not in the height of the summer season folks should take extra precautions.”