The state is taking the first step to fix it. And this year is no different. Previous horrible wildfire years in 2002, 2012-13 and 2018 all coincided with horrible drought conditions statewide as well. The country’s second largest potato producing region, is in its 18th year of drought in 2020. Copyright © 2002-2020. Your email address will not be published. Three other not-fully-contained wildfires make up the remaining ~60,000 burned acres: the Grizzly Creek (over 32,000 acres burned), Williams Fork (over 6,000 acres), and Cameron Peak fires (over 23,000 acres burned). Your email address will not be published. “In seven to 10 days, we hope to be talking about the first moisture pulse coming out of the southwest,” he said. Colorado’s splintered mental health system has had tragic failures. It is now 81% contained. Overall, two percent of Colorado remains abnormally dry, a one percent increase from the previous week. Courtesy National Drought Mitigation Center, Colorado Drought Conditions - August 18, 2020. Image courtesy NASA Earth Observatory.]., — GarCo Sheriff (@GarcoSheriffCO) August 12, 2020. More detail.]. Every Tuesday, we send recommendations to the U.S. Drought Monitor for drought depictions based on these conditions. The San Luis Valley in Colorado is known for its agriculture yet only has 6-7 inches of rainfall per year. But there was yet another environmental factor in play as well. Display Previous Colorado Drought Monitor Maps: Colorado Drought Map for September 8, … Colorado Drought Update We monitor drought and climate conditions across the state on a weekly basis. At this time last year, 80 percent of Colorado was drought-free, with 18 percent listed as abnormally dry and two percent moving into moderate drought. may earn an affiliate commission if you purchase products or services through links in an article. The task force will meet weekly and use information ranging from on-the-ground reports from farmers to satellite images, to discuss actions that could be taken to aid communities experiencing effects of the drought, Leonard said. “The dryness and drought has been building over many many months,” Heim said. So far, confined to southwest Colorado, and nothing like the 2002 and 2012 seasons that began in the spring and affected the entire state, the conditions are ready for ignition, whether the fires are caused by nature or humans, Mathewson said. Seasonal Drought Outlook released August 20 by the Climate Prediction Center.