Fire Danger in Pike National Forest

By: Nora Seibert/KKTV 11 News
By: Nora Seibert/KKTV 11 News

The Pikes Peak Ranger District is warning about dangerously dry conditions in the Pike National Forest. So far, there are no fire restrictions in the forest yet, but that could be changing as early next week.

It’s so dry in the forest, the ground crunches under each step. The Fire Management Officer in the district is comparing the conditions to 2002, the year of the devastating Haymen Fire.

"The moisture content is quite low, actually mimicking the conditions we had in 2002," said Fire Management Officer Mike Kerrigan.

Although the Northern and Central Colorado Mountains got a lot of snow this winter, in the southeastern part of the state it’s a much different story.

"The southern part of the Frontrange is in a persistent drought conditions, so the southeastern part of Colorado has particularly had a lack of moisture and we're well below our annual precipitation levels," said Kerrigan.

But so far, fire restrictions are not in place.

"The forest is not in restrictions right now, but we hope to revisit that early next week," said Kerrigan

The district is trying to prevent another fire, by stepping up fire patrols to educate people about the dangers and watch for any sign of a fire. It’s also moving in a helicopter into the Monument area as early as Saturday. The helicopter would allow fire fighters to respond more quickly to a fire.

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