Colorado Fires Could Benefit From Dry, Hot Weather

Hot, dry and windy weather could help more than a dozen large wildfires make runs through mostly remote, mountainous areas of western Colorado through the remainder of the week, authorities say.

A high pressure ridge that has moved over most of Colorado’s 14 active wildfires will remain through at least Friday (Aug. 10).

Humidity levels from 5% to 10% are expected along with temperatures in the mid 90s.

In Nucla, where the Bull Draw wildfire has grown to nearly 7,000 acres already, the chance for rain is about “zero percent.”

Here is a wrap-up of some of Colorado’s most active wildfires:


The fire, triggered by lightning on July 22, has grown to 5,750 acres in steep ponderosa pine and gambel oak forests about 14 miles northeast of Dolores. It is 15% contained.

A total of 146 firefighters are tasked to the very active wildfire, which has moved down canyon slopes.

Hot weather, strong northerly winds and low humidity have challenged firefighting efforts. Hotter weather is expected Tuesday.

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