Fire Season "Normal" In Colorado; Still, Fire Officials Advise Preparedness

May 20, 2014

The Red Canyon Fire flared up in August of 2013 near Glenwood Springs. Fire officials say forests in the lower Roaring Fork Valley are more flammable than higher up, in Aspen.
Credit Marci Krivonen

Wildfire season is well underway in the West, as crews battle destructive blazes in California. Rain clouds and even snow have been more common in the Roaring Fork Valley this spring, but wildfire officials say right now is the time to prepare. The Town of Basalt is holding a Wildfire Preparedness Workshop on Wednesday. One of the presenters is Assistant District Forester Kamie Long, with the Colorado State Forest Service. She spoke with Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen who asked if Colorado’s fire season had started.

The wildfire preparedness workshop will be held Wednesday, May 21 at the Basalt Fire Station at 1089 JW Drive in El Jebel, behind El Jebowl and Eagle Crest Nursery. It will run from 6pm to 8pm and will cover topics like home ignition zone, wildfire evacuation preparedness, fuel-breaks and supressing wildfire, and understanding forest ecosystems in relation to wildfire.