We can all give thanks to Old Man Winter for giving our state a bit of a break.
Heavy snowfall, as well as frequent spring rain and snow, is stacking up to help us out as we head into wildfire season. According to the Colorado Department of Fire Prevention and Control's annual spring forecast, we could have a slightly below average fire season this year.
The report detailed that the mountain snowpack is well above average, with the southern part of the state sitting at 176 percent annual snowpack. Colorado has also made significant strides in drought recovery, with less than one percent of the state experiencing drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.
All of that combines to form a pretty good prognosis going into the summer, which is a relief because 2018 was one of the worst wildlife seasons on record in the state. The cost of the nearly 20 wildfires that qualified for state responsibility was more than $40 million.
While things are looking positive for Colorado, not all states are so lucky. The National Interagency Fire Center says that while most of the country can expect a normal fire season, the West Coast could have another troubled year.
And, just because we are looking at more moisture this year doesn't mean we can go lax on fire vigilance. Almost all fires are caused by human activity, says the Colorado DFPC.
"Approximately 95 percent of all wildfires are sparked by the activity of people, which means that almost all wildfires are preventable. One of the leading causes of wildfires is outdoor powered equipment. Colorado’s fire season is year-round, which means that both firefighters and residents have to be on heightened alert for the threat of wildfire at all times," says the agency.
You can learn more about wildlife prevention for your home, while camping, and much more on the DFPC's Wildfire Center.