Colorado's 2014 Wildfire Outlook Released

May 15, 2014

As crews in California battle wildfires in San Diego County, it’s a reminder that the wildfire season has already started here in the West. Colorado’s 2014 fire outlook was released earlier this week. 

The outlook, presented by the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention & Control, predicts the state’s wildfire potential is normal at least for the early part of the wildfire season. 

The 2012 Waldo Canyon Fire, which destroyed 346 home, was one of Colorado's most destructive wildfires.
Credit U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jeremy Lock

The areas with the greatest potential for wildfire are the plains of eastern Colorado until "green-up" expands, southeastern Colorado where severe to extreme drought persists, and southwest Colorado where snowpack is below average, according to the outlook.

Governor John Hickenlooper also signed three wildfire related bills into law this week including one bill that allocates $20 million towards the creation of a state aerial firefighting fleet.