Abnormally dry conditions across the Pike and San Isabel National Forests have prompted caution for fire managers.
Both the Pike and San Isabel National Forests have differing lifespans renewed by natural occurrences. In the taller elevations, more frequent snow and rain provide a wet climate and help to prolong tree lifespans. These trees are renewed and replaced by insects, disease and eventually, fire.
Fire is a natural, and necessary process for future healthy forest growth by recycling the vegetation. Normally fires burn more regularly across lower elevations, but an unnaturally dry Winter and Spring has left the upper elevation trees more susceptible to fire.
Caution his being urged by fire managers due to the current abnormally dry high elevation conditions. If these forests were to catch on fire they would be extremely difficult to control due to the build-up of flammable material since the last wild fire.
The U.S. Forest Service is asking the public to be careful with their use of fire. Be aware of your surroundings and be prepared to leave in case a fire occurs. Residents living in or near forested areas are encouraged to talk with their local fire protection agency to learn how to be prepared.