BLM preps for wildfire season

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) -- We are coming off one of the most destructive wildfire seasons in our state's history, but this season, a late snowfall and cool temperatures could give some a false sense of security.

This week the Bureau of Land Management is holding a number of meetings to prepare for the wildfire season.

Russ Long with the BLM said right now, they are keeping a close watch on weather stations to gauge wildfire fuel levels in the area.

"We take that weather and we run it through a program, and it helps to display to us where we are this year, based on history we have received," said Long.

Grand Junction Fire Department Public Information Officer Mike Page said now is the time to prepare, before the heat is on.

"When it's time to go, when that wildfire gets close, it may be minutes that make a difference," said Page.

Page said creating a defensible space around your home could save it.

"If you don't have a defensible space around your home, they may move onto somebody who does, and try to save a house that they can," said Page.

June is the driest month of the year and the month when most fire bans go into effect.

Open burn season ends on May 31, and officials said at that point they will get together to reassess the volatility of fuels such as grass, shrubs and trees.

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