“We have a great day on fire, very active suppression,” said Incident Commander Noel Livingston during Saturday’s press conference.
Livingston said it was a nice but busy day given the forecast of a red flag warning weather that included high winds, a cold front and low humidity. Winter storm warning
Already somewhat challenged weather forecasts, Livingston said his career was “unique”.
More than 30 million people in the West are already in flames in Colorado due to hot, dry, wind conditions under red flag warning California
. Pacific Gas and Electric plans to power about 400,000 customers in Northern California to prevent more sparks due to extreme weather forecasts.
In Colorado, an early-season winter storm is expected to cause Trevor Denney, the field services manager of the office’s Emergency Management, to say “there can definitely be a sultry, no fire spread.”
According to the National Weather Service (NWS), the storm is set to be “a great help” to the current fire conditions in the state of Colorado.
NWS Denver said on Saturday, “The fire conditions will eventually see a drop in humidity as winds decrease and humidity increases.” Relative humidity levels are expected to increase in nearby cold temperatures.
CNN Weather’s Tyler Mauldin said high humidity with heavy snowfall should serve as a natural fire hydrant.
Despite a more positive weather outlook, fire officials say some places still face danger from the fire, including the Estes Park area.
So far East Trouble Fire has burned more than 190,000 acres, adding about 10,000 acres on Saturday, and is between 4% and 5%, Livingston said, adding that it is also noted that on Sunday after the winter storm This number is expected to increase.
Colorado still has at least two other records breaking fires. The Cameron Peak Fire is currently the largest wildfire in the state’s history, covering 207,464 acres and 60%. The Kelwood Fire that destroyed about 30 homes and is the largest wildfire in Boulder County history is 10,095 acres and 76% contained, according to the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office.