Today’s newsletter covers the following:
*Future Climate Extremes in Boulder County are Projected
*Wildfire Awareness Month
*Climate change has been making western forest fires worse for decades, study says
*Firefighters continue to battle the Junkins Fire west of Pueblo, Colorado
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Future Climate Extremes in Boulder County are Projected
A report by the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization (RMCO) projects large increases in the frequency and extent of extremely hot days in Boulder County with the extent depending on whether global heat-trapping emissions continue on a high trajectory or are reduced.
Please see http://rockymountainclimate.org/extremes/boulder.htm for more information on Boulder County.
Please see http://rockymountainclimate.org/extremes/larimer.htm for more information on Larimer County.
Please see http://www.rockymountainclimate.org/extremes/denver.htm for more information on the Denver Metro Area.
Wildfire Awareness Month
October is Wildfire Awareness Month! Every October residents learn how
to prepare for wildfire, take action to protect their homes, and work
with neighbors to reduce their risk. This year, in the aftermath of the
Cold Springs Fire, we are asking all foothills and mountain
residents—not just Wildfire Partners—to undertake wildfire mitigation
Thank you to everyone involved in making
Wildfire Awareness Month a success. However, the month is not quite
over. Wildfire Partners is still offering free assessments, prizes, and
you can still submit photos for our photo contest. You are strongly
encouraged to take advantage of these opportunities with limited days
We have some terrific entries in the Wildfire Awareness Month Photo Contest! View the entries in our Wildfire Partners Facebook album.
Send in an action photo of you (your family and friends) performing mitigation. Contestants will have an opportunity to win one $500 gift card or twenty-five $100 gift cards to either Indian Peaks Ace Hardware or McGuckin Hardware. Enter through Facebook or Twitter by liking/following Wildfire Partners and adding a picture with the hashtag #MitigationInAction. Participants can also enter through our website, using the provided form.
FREE Forestry Contract Work
Wildfire Partners will give away 25 prizes to cover 100% of Wildfire Partners Forestry Contractor costs (maximum of $2,500) for homeowners who sign up during October 2016 and who are accepted into the program. Winning participants will be notified of their prizes in early November. Homeowners must participate in their home assessment, use an approved Wildfire Partners Forestry Contractor, and complete all of their forestry mitigation work according to Colorado State Forest Service guidelines to claim their prizes. The 2017 list will be available in March of 2017. Homeowners who submit their applications before October 1st or after October 31st are not eligible to receive a free assessment. Free Forestry Contract Awards will expire on May 31, 2017. Some restrictions may apply.
For more information, please visit www.wildfirepartners.org
Climate change has been making western forest fires worse for decades, study says
Many scientists have predicted that climate change could cause wildfires to increase in the future. And a new study out this week demonstrates just how much it’s already been making them worse. Please visit www.denverpost.com/2016/10/10/climate-change-western-forest-fires-worse for more information.
Firefighters continue to battle the Junkins Fire west of Pueblo, Colorado
The number of structures burned in the Junkins Fire west of Pueblo, Colorado has been updated. Officials are now saying 8 homes and 19 outbuildings burned, but only one of the homes was a primary residence. The incident management team is still calling the fire 18,132 acres.
Please visit http://wildfiretoday.com/tag/junkins-fire/ for more information on the Junkins Fire.
Thanks for reading, and please share with your friends and neighbors!
Rick, Kyle, Chris and Jim
Boulder County Land Use Department