It’s a very hot and dry week in Colorado and Colorado Parks and Wildlife wants to remind the public to check for fire restrictions and burn warnings before heading out to recreate on public lands. Bans and fire restrictions are in effect for many Front Range cities and suburbs.

Currently, Colorado is experiencing the third lowest snowpack on record, with only 2002 and 1981 being drier. Extreme drought has expanded to cover most of the southern half of Colorado, with the worst conditions being in the southwest corner.

As of June 18, statewide snowpack at SNOTEL sites is 31 percent of average. Seventy-eight percent of the state is in some level of drought classification with 34 percent in Extreme Drought and almost 8 percent in the worst classification of Exceptional Drought in the southwest corner of Colorado.

After more than year of gathering feedback, public meetings, and making revisions, the public hearing draft of the Comprehensive Plan for the future of the town of Snowmass is now live and available for the public to download at

The Town Council will be discussing this latest draft at their regular meeting on Monday, July 2.

Executive Summary Excerpt:
The 2018 Comprehensive Plan is designed to ensure that the small village character and unique natural splendor of Snowmass Village will be protected well into the future.


Today from 5-6pm there will be an open studio at the Evelyn and Martin Siegel Children’s Building – at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center

This event will recognize the newly renovated Martin and Evelyn Siegel Children’s Building. Because of generous gifts of Janice and Phil Beck, Cynthia and Terry Siegel, and Mary Ralph Lowe, the year-round use of the Children’s Building was made possible. The evenings goal is to celebrate both the historic past and the bright future of the children’s program at Anderson Ranch Arts Center.

How you can help
It’s important to be conscientious around your home and when recreating during drought conditions in Colorado. The Colorado Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Management has a list of current fire bans and danger levels for the state that is an excellent resource for staying aware of fire conditions when traveling in Colorado this summer. The Colorado Division of Prevention & Control has great information on safely building an open campfire.

The Google Drive Folder below contains several items that CPW hopes will be helpful to you in preparing stories and educating the public about drought and fire in Colorado.

The folder contains the following information, and will be updated throughout the season:
• June 2018 drought report
• Explanation of Level 1 Fire Restrictions
• Snow-Water equivalent map for June 2018 conditions
• Watering a home landscape during drought
• Fire-resistant landscaping
• Protecting your home from wildfire
• Fire-wise tips
• Press release folder with updates on fire conditions in state parks and wildlife areas
• B-Roll Video Folder
Thank you for your help in spreading the word about recreating safely during drought conditions in Colorado.

For additional inquiries, please contact your statewide or regional public information officers to schedule interviews or provide region-specific