The next US fire season (June to September) is just around the corner, and Colorado holds the third place in the rank of the most wildfire-prone states with up to 373,900 properties at risk. Find out what causes a wildfire, whether or not your area is a conducive environment for the fast spread of fire, and what proactive measures can minimize potential damage to your property.
A wildfire is an unplanned and uncontrolled burning of wildland vegetation that can cause severe damage to property and take human lives. To start and spread, it needs a so-called fire triangle: oxygen, heat, and fuel.
According to U.S. Drought Monitor, most part of Colorado territory has severe to extreme drought levels resulting in a prodigious amount of highly inflammable dried vegetation. Combined with oxygen available from the atmospheric air, it makes ideal conditions for a fire outbreak. The only missing piece is heat that can come either from natural elements or from human activity
There are three main factors that determine how fast wildfires spread:
Wildfires impact both the environment and human life. Here are some of the positive effects of wildfires and the negative ones:
Follow the restrictions Always check the local Bans and Danger map before starting any fires. Avoid any fire-involving and spark-inducing activities when it’s hot, dry, and windy.
Control your campfire
Follow the Smokey Bear guide to prepare, maintain, and extinguish your campfire in the safest way possible.
Use your vehicle with care
Not following a few simple rules can lead to a wildfire sparked by your car, lawnmower, or some other power equipment used outdoors.
Mind the fuel in your area
Regularly check your community's wildfire risk level and apply safe Fuel treatment practices on time.
Engage in the fire department’s educational events, e.g., the Ready, Set, Go! (RSG) Program to best prepares yourselves and your properties.