The fire management officer for the U-S Bureau of Land
Management says the season is unlikely to begin as early as it did
Bill Wallis says the potential for large, destructive fires is
there because of the long-term drought.
Moisture in large trees and logs reached historic lows last
summer leading to a record fire season. Colorado saw its
largest-ever wildfire -- the Hayman Fire at 137-thousand acres --
and the most acres burned statewide at 915-thousand.
The state has had more wet weather so far this year than the
same period a year ago. Despite that, analysts at the Rocky
Mountain Coordination Center say the drought has left large sources
of fuel, such as fallen trees, highly susceptible to burning.