Wildfire prediction for Colo.: Average or below

Posted at 4:58 AM, Apr 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-27 06:58:41-04

Firefighters expect another average or below-average wildfire season in Colorado in 2016, the third mild year in a row.

The prediction is based on computer models that use weather conditions and forecasts, history and other factors.

Colorado enters this season after a wet winter. About a quarter of the state is abnormally dry but not in a drought.

2014 and 2015 were comparatively easy for the state, after bad fire years in 2012 and 2013.

Colorado endured more than 4,900 fires on 348 square miles in 2013. They included the Black Forest fire northeast of Colorado Springs, which destroyed 488 homes and killed two people.

In 2012, more than 6,100 fires charred about 666 square miles.