This weekend a storm could bring up to a foot of snow to a group of wildlife in the northern mountains of Colorado. While this will provide some relief, it is unlikely that those snow can be completely ejected.
And the East Trouble Fire is expected to have more dry and windy conditions before any snow arrives. The red flag warning will come into effect on Saturday in areas around Gambi and Estes Park.
According to forecasters, the snow will extinguish the fire on Saturday night and Sunday. The Colorado Department of Transportation is also urging people to avoid traveling to the mountains this weekend due to the weather.
The state’s transport workers have become thin due to road closures due to the fire. And ice means the plow will drain, limiting capacity even further.
“Every span-out car and crash will require attention to clean the roads again, and avoidable traffic makes it harder for first responders and evacuations,” Shodna Lew, executive director of CDOT, said in a statement.
According to the National Weather Service, the forecast calls for four to eight inches of snow at the lower elevations of East Troublesome, Calwood and Cameron Peak fires. The greater height is expected to be eight to 14 inches.
According to NWS meteorologist Russell Danielson, that small amount of snowcap will reduce fire activity.
“But, as we know, fire can sustain inside trees or even under snow, so it won’t completely extinguish the fire,” he said.
The same happened with Cameron Peak Fire Waste of Fort Collins last month. The icy wind in early September further ignited the fire. But a week later, when the weather warmed back and things dried up, the fire became active again and erupted over tens of thousands of acres.
At the same time, snow can also present some obstacles to fighting fires.
“Snow can certainly be a mixed blessing because it slows down the fire and controls the behavior of the fire, but it makes access difficult,” said David Wolf, Fire Chief of the Este Valley Fire Protection District.
Snow can obstruct roads, freeze pumps and even use water crews to freeze them.
“The fact that it’s a bit tough doesn’t mean we just want to stay home,” Wolf said. “We want to make sure we stop this before we get into the community and be as aggressive as possible.”
To end this fire season, NWS meteorologist Danielson said Colorado would have to see some significant snow to make a snowpack, especially in forest areas that have dried up over the past few months with hot weather and low humidity .
Next week, the return of warm weather could leave some areas open to fire resurgence.
“Every year there are definitely parts where we get this kind of moisture, but the thing that is really so bad is that the fuel – forests, trees and whatnot – has dried up with very little moisture on the ground. I’m getting in, “Danielson said.” That’s really making the difference and why we have these big fires. “
As of Friday, the East Troubleshoot fire had burned more than 170,000 acres. 206,977 acres were burnt in the Cameron Peak fire with 57 percent explosion. And when the Calwood fire burned 10,073 acres, Boulder County got some relief: the lefthand Canyon fire is now 100 percent contained after burning 460 acres.