Hot, dry and windy weather could create critical fire conditions – The Denver Post
Hot and dry weather conditions are arriving in Colorado this week, raising concerns about critical fire conditions, according to the National Wildfire Coordinating Group.
Thursday’s gusts of wind could contribute to critical fire conditions, the wildfire group said.
In the Sylvan fire in Eagle County, “considerably drier” air will linger over the blaze on Wednesday, eliminating the possibility of additional storms, the firefighting group of forest. Hot and dry conditions are expected to persist through Saturday.
Updates on the wildfires burning in the state include:
As of Tuesday, according to the most recent information provided, the blaze that was burning about 18 miles west of Kremmling covers just under 4,100 acres and is 45% under control.
“Recent mild weather and less waste heat have limited the fire’s behavior to slow burning and creeping through heavy wood,” according to information provided by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group. “Single tree burning can occur where the heat remains under dense canopy on sunny, hot, dry days.”
The Sylvan fire, which was burning about 15 miles south of Eagle, reached just under 3,800 acres on Tuesday night and reached 68% containment.
On Tuesday, the blaze showed limited activity as firefighters held, upgraded and monitored containment lines, according to information provided by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group.
Sylvan State Park remains closed.
Forest fire map
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