Sunday’s snow doesn’t alleviate fire danger |

Sunday’s snow doesn’t alleviate fire danger

Jane Reuter

SUMMIT COUNTY – The heavy, wet snow that left a thin layer on Summit County Sunday won’t do much to dampen the fire danger, fire authorities say.

“It’s going to take a lot of moisture to hang out for a long time before we get back to conditions that would be safe out there,” said Lake Dillon Fire spokesman Mike Roll.

“Within a day or two of getting back to the warm and dry weather, we’ll be right back to where we were.”

Roll also said a good, steady rain is preferable to snow.

“Rain would be better,” he said. “There’s more moisture in rain than snow, but anything’s good. We certainly won’t complain about snow.”

Fire conditions throughout the state of Colorado are considered to be extreme due to a below-average snowpack. High winds the past few weeks have also dried out forest fuels – twigs, grasses and fallen trees – further exacerbating the situation. Summit County commissioners put a fire ban in place late last month.

Jane Reuter can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 229, or by

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