Spring winds increase fire danger


Spring is now in full swing in Pagosa Country, bringing with it winds that have triggered a series of red flag warnings to be issued in recent days.

The National Weather Service issues red flag warnings and fire weather watches “to alert land management agencies about the onset, or possible onset, of critical weather and fuel moisture conditions that could lead to rapid or dramatic increases in wildfire activity. This could be due to low relative humidity, strong winds, dry fuels, or any combination thereof.”

Pagosa Fire Protection District Wildland Coordinator John Gilbert noted that the high winds and low humidity can contribute to rapid fire spread that can, in turn, make it difficult to control fires.

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