July 2, 2012
Colorado wildfire: Waldo Canyon fire strengthened by dry conditions, low moisture
 A perfect combination of relentlessly hot temperatures, historically dry forests and an afternoon thunderstorm converged to feed a wildfire that burned hotter than 1,500 degrees and moved faster than firefighters could run.
Several fire managers have called this fire’s behavior “incredible” and the dry conditions in which it’s burning “historic.”
Moisture content in the trees and vegetation across the state are at a record low, leaving parched forests practically defenseless when fires roar through, Allen said. In addition to live vegetation, dead fuels have a moisture content of about 3 percent, causing the Waldo Canyon fire to burn hotter than the Hayman fire in 2002 — the biggest wildfire in state history in terms of acres.

Colorado wildfire: Waldo Canyon fire strengthened by dry conditions, low moisture

 A perfect combination of relentlessly hot temperatures, historically dry forests and an afternoon thunderstorm converged to feed a wildfire that burned hotter than 1,500 degrees and moved faster than firefighters could run.

Several fire managers have called this fire’s behavior “incredible” and the dry conditions in which it’s burning “historic.”

Moisture content in the trees and vegetation across the state are at a record low, leaving parched forests practically defenseless when fires roar through, Allen said. In addition to live vegetation, dead fuels have a moisture content of about 3 percent, causing the Waldo Canyon fire to burn hotter than the Hayman fire in 2002 — the biggest wildfire in state history in terms of acres.

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