Severe drought hitting much of Colorado’s mountains is prompting many local officials to consider implementing fire bans; a move that follows similar restrictions already in place along the tinder dry Front Range.
As the Stuart Hole fire in Northern Colorado continues to burn, and a nearly 200,000 acre fire rages in New Mexico, The US Forest Service and its fleet of air tankers have been seeing a lot of action.
The Stuart Hole Fire was reported on Monday, June 4th in the area of CR82E and Boxer Ranch Road north west of Livermore, CO.
In the wake of the Hewlett Fire, which scorched 7,685 acres, Larimer County Commissioners have decided to extend open fire restrictions into the summer. However, the restrictions will not apply to the use and sale of fireworks.
A wildfire that has burned 265 square miles of the Gila National Forest in New Mexico is now burning across 170,000 acres. That makes it the biggest wildfire in state history.
As the AP reports, this fire eclipses a blaze last year that burned 159,593 acres in Las Conchas and threatened the Los Alamos National Laboratory.