Climatologist: March Key To Upcoming Wildfire Season

The month of March could set the tone for the upcoming wildfire season.

State climatologist Nolan Doesken says a series of snowstorms or one big blizzard could make all the difference between a season like last year or a far milder one. The precipitation would help with drought conditions along the Front Range and eastern plains.

March is traditionally a wet month, but last year saw a pretty dry March--which marked the beginning of one of the state's deadliest wildfire seasons. Though April and May can bring snow, March precipitation is key because it can help slow evaporation.

According to Doesken, any area that got seven inches of snow or more over the last week got an equivalent of an inch of water.