Hickenlooper: Prepare For Fire Season

DENVER (CBS4)– As spring-like temperatures continue along the Front Range, Gov. John Hickenlooper reminds Coloradans to be prepared for fire season.

On average, there are about 4,000 wildfires in Colorado every year, responsible for burning about 100,000 acres.

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(credit: South Metro Fire Rescue)

The state says the majority of those fires are caused by people.

WEB EXTRA: 2017 Wildland Fire Season in Colorado

“We went through some of the worst fires the state’s ever seen in 2012 and 2013. And one pretty thin silver lining for all the damage that was done is that we’re much more prepared now for disasters and how to respond,” said Hickenlooper.

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Rogers Fire (credit: CBS)

Hickenlooper says the number of wildfires in Colorado has increased steadily over the past 15 years.

He says that’s even more reason for Coloradans to pay attention to when fire danger is high.

Wildfire Resources

– Visit CBSDenver.com’s Living With Wildfire section.

Wildfire Photo Galleries

– See images from the most destructive wildfires (Black Forest, Waldo Canyon, High Park and Fourmile) and largest wildfire (Hayman) in Colorado history.

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