Lakewood, Colorado – As of noon on July 11, the Rocky Mountain Area Interagency Coordination Center encompassing Colorado, Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Kansas, has moved from a Preparedness Level 2 to a Preparedness Level 3. Preparedness levels are based on current and forecast weather conditions, fire activity, and resource availability.
Fire danger in the Rocky Mountain Area is high due to winds, temperatures and drying fuel conditions and is expected to remain the same or increase. The seven day fire potential outlook indicates a moderate or high risk for significant fire activity across the geographic area. In addition, on-going and emerging fire incidents are requiring a major commitment of the area’s firefighting resources.
Preparedness Levels range from 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest level. Each Preparedness Level has specific management directions to help assure firefighting resources are ready to respond to new incidents.
With an increase in burning conditions, fire activity, and red flag warnings, the Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center encourages the public to be careful with anything that could start a fire. We can all make a difference in reducing human-caused fires.