By Chris Spears
DENVER (CBS4) – The weekly update of the U.S. Drought Monitor was released Thursday and it shows drought conditions continuing to expand across Colorado.READ MORE: Kit Carson Peak Climber Madeline Baharlou-Quivey's Body Retrieved By Rescue Crews, Helicopter
Specifically, the extreme category (D3) drought showed the most growth, expanding from 9% to 13% of the state.
Extreme drought conditions are now showing up on the far southeast plains in addition the much of southwest Colorado.
According to the Colorado Climate Center in Fort Collins this is the largest area covered by extreme drought since before the 2013 floods.
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Prior to the record floods, Colorado experienced two extremely dangerous and deadly fire seasons in a row.
Roughly 250,000 acres burned in Colorado with hundreds of homes lost to the flames in 2012.
It was a similar story in 2013 with approximately 200,000 acres and hundreds of structures lost to wildfires.
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Meteorologist Chris Spears travels weekly in the CBS4 Mobile Weather Lab reporting about Colorado’s weather and climate. Check out his bio, connect with him on Facebook or follow him on Twitter @ChrisCBS4.