Colorado Sun fire season

An aircraft releases a fire-retardant solution to help stop the spreading of the burning fires at Black Forest, Colo., June 12, 2013. 

Colorado wildfire experts are predicting a slightly-below-average fire season, thanks to high snowpack, decent moisture and lower temperatures forecast throughout the summer and fall.

But, to put that in perspective, below-average for Colorado means about 6,000 wildfires and more than 100,000 acres burned.

“While we appear to have a little quieter fire season ahead of us, it does not eliminate the challenges that we as Coloradans and first-responders need to do to be prepared,” said Mike Morgan, director of the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control.

The annual wildfire forecast and preparedness plan, required by state law, was presented this week to Gov. Jared Polis and Lt. Gov. Dianne Primavera, who toured a hangar at Centennial Airport, a single-engine air tanker and a state-owned plane equipped with sensors that can detect a campfire some 30 miles away.

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