El Paso County Fire Danger

By: Mindy Stone
By: Mindy Stone

Experts are still warning the fire danger's so high, that El Paso County's among the top ten counties in the Western U.S. for risks. El Paso's the only Colorado county on this list.

Drought, diseased trees and the number of homes near wildland areas are all adding to the fire danger.

You may remember people scrambling to stop the flames after a wildland fire broke out last spring in northwest Colorado Springs. "It was alot of anxiety because it was so close to homes. It was like 100 yards from my house," said resident Ceon Warmenhoven.

And despite our recent wet weather, El Paso county faces another tough fire season.

"Don't let yourself get deceived by what you see outside because this is just short duration, isn't really soaking moisture that we really need. And fire danger is still high," said Battalion Chief Jim Schanel with the Colorado Springs Fire Department.

Ceon Warmenhaven's home wasn't damaged in last years fire. But he's not taking any chances this season.

"Fire is becoming a danger of living here in Colorado Springs. Be aware of it," said Warmenhoven.

He's already done things around his yard, like cleaning up the debris from the winter to try and keep his home safe in case another fire breaks out nearby.

"People need to be careful. If we don't get some moisture, it's going to be a real nasty season," said Schanel.

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