Colorado Wildfire Danger

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2006 is just more than two months old and already more than 65 wildfires have been reported across the state, and firefighters say unless conditions change we should expect even more.

Despite plentiful snow in the high country, conditions are ripe for a wildfire season like the record-drought year of 2002.

Jim Maxwell of the Forest Service said the northern and central mountains got heavy snow and are looking good. But the Front Range, eastern plains and southern Colorado are as dry as match sticks.

And like in 2002 there have been strong winds and higher-than-average temperatures. Sixty-five fires have already been reported, including a 10-acre blaze this morning near Castle Rock.

For tips on preventing wildfires log on to and click on public safety then Colorado Springs Fire Department.