Fire danger moves to moderate in Summit County as autumn leaves dry out

The yellowing leaves of aspens in autumn is a sure sign of increasing fire danger in the small Colorado mountain towns that make up Summit County

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Yellow aspen leaves seen from Boreas Pass Road near Breckenridge Ski Resort pictured on Sept. 19, 2023.
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The fire danger in Summit County has moved from low to moderate as autumn has begun to yellow aspen leaves, according to the Red, White & Blue Fire Protection District.

In a pattern that appears consistently each year in Summit County, the grasses and changing aspen leaves are the biggest visual indicators that fuels are going into dormancy and will therefore be more available to burn, Red, White & Blue Captain Matt Benedict said.

This time of year, it is important for property owners to ensure that grasses within 30 feet of any structure are weed whacked, Benedict said.

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