State Fire Agencies Gear up for Wildfire Season

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Denver (AP) The snow that turned Easter white along the Front Range and brought snow to the mountains hasn't dampened the wildfire threat.

In fact, recent warm weather has increased the wildfire risk. And if it's a strong La Nina, the fire season could be rough for Colorado.

Forecasters and fire officials will try to sort all that out in the annual Colorado mitigation and wildfire conference. It runs Friday through Sunday in Pueblo. Emergency managers and fire departments will determine where equipment and firefighters are in Colorado and neighboring states.

Firefighters are already getting ready for the wildfire season and officials say homeowners in the red zone should also.

Brandon Williams, spokesman for the lake Dillon Fire-Rescue District, said the snowpack is smaller than last year and disappearing fast. He said firefighters have already begun training.

Fire agencies are also keeping an eye on the weather as they prepare for the wildfire season. Forecasters say a moderate to strong La Nina pattern could be bad news for areas where the snowpack is already disappearing.

La Nina is a cooling of the tropical Pacific Ocean. It can result in drier weather in the south and central plains.

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