Fire Danger

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Governor Owens says the current fire danger is almost as high as it was during the disastrous season of 2002, and he's authorizing $2 million dollars to aid the battle.

Owens says Colorado is much better prepared to battle blazes this year, but says warning signs indicate this could still be a very tough spring and summer around the state.

Fires burned 14,000 acres in Colorado last year, but about 70 fires have already scorched 44,000 acres this season.

Owens says the state has leased three single-engine air tankers and purchased ten wildland fire engines in the last several years.

The Colorado National Guard is also prepared to use helicopters to fight flames, before fires have a chance to explode.