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Many days of no rain, high temperatures, and wind, oh, so much wind, and high fire danger in our area is pretty much a given. Drier than average long range forecasts, an expansion of drought across western and southern Colorado, and the above average risk is predicted across much of Colorado by July. Fire danger is at this time extreme. All of Pueblo County , including Rye Fire Protection District is in Stage 1 fire restrictions. Huerfano and Custer Counties are in Stage 2 fire restrictions.

It may make you feel better to know the drought and severe fire danger situation is being monitored in many ways by the United States Forest Service(USFS)and the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control.

Predictive Services is a fire forecasting company that provides decision and support information to the USFS for operational management of and strategic planning for wild land firefighting. This is accomplished by analyzing weather, climate, fuels and fire activity. They also provide predictions and condition reports on fuels , fire danger, fire behavior, and fire occurrence statistics. If a fire breaks out, this team can help provide fire management personnel and support staff. They monitor both monthly and seasonal outlooks of climate and fire potential and have daily assessments of critical fire conditions.

The USFS also has a Community Mitigation Assistance Team(CMAT) which is a national interagency resource designed to help communities with community wildfire mitigation during high-risk times before, during, and after a wildfire when awareness for risk reduction and chances of action are highest. CMATs work with local partners and are only sent in if a community is at medium to high risk of wildfire with an identified mitigation challenge.

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