Monday’s snow may serve as a “season-ending” event for wildfires, according to fire managers. The National Weather Service in Boulder on Monday morning forecast 6 inches to a foot of snow in the northern mountains. A snowstorm last month helped to slow fires down but was not enough to help snuff out the flames entirely.
The forests will remain under Stage 2 fire bans as of Tuesday, down from Stage 3. Stage 2 forbids open flames — such as from a fire pit, wood stove or charcoal grill — but gas-powered stoves are still allowed. Recreational shooting is also not allowed, except for licensed hunting.
Forest supervisors warn that November is forecast to continue a generally hot and dry trend, so the threat of new fires will likely continue for some time. As of Thursday, a quarter of Colorado was in the most serious category of drought.
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