A FLASH FLOOD WATCH remains in effect for all of southern Colorado throughout our evening and overnight on Tuesday. Storms will continue to be an issue, capable of producing heavy rain with very slow movement. Storms look to mainly favor north and east of areas like Colorado Springs and the Waldo Canyon area, but storms cannot be ruled out still in this area. The 11 Breaking Weather team will be monitoring conditions closely. This Flash Flood Watch remains in effect through 6pm Wednesday, where another day of thunderstorms is possible. Head to the KKTV 11 Weather Tab for more information on the forecast for Wednesday and beyond.
The Division of Fire Prevention and Control released a report of fire aviation Friday.
The report provides an extensive overview of wildfire resources and needs, and outlines improvements that could help possible future threats.
Included in the report:
• The report does not recommend that the state purchase air tankers.
• The report concludes that the most strategic allocation of resources focus attention and efforts on initial attack—the most critical time to locate and apply effective suppression response in the first few hours of a fire so as to keep it from becoming an out of control wildfire.
• The aircraft it cites as critical to this mission are 2 small fixed-wing aircraft equipped with modern fire-detection sensors to actively identify and locate small fires in high-risk wildland and wildland urban interface areas. (The recommendation is that these aircraft be complemented by other aircraft under use contracts)
• Implement a state-wide information management system that provides shared, collaborative, real-time information amongst all participants in Colorado’s wildfire management system.
The governor will begin meeting with legislative leadership to discuss the report, resources outlined and funding proposals to reach a collaborative, bi-partisan decision.
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