No fire ban yet for Routt County | SteamboatToday.com

No fire ban yet for Routt County

Criteria

Before there is a recommendation of a fire ban, the following criteria are considered:

• A calculation of fuel moisture below and above 8,000 feet

• The three-day energy release component (ERC)

• The live fuel moisture content in sagebrush and conifer trees

• The extent to which actual fires are impacting available firefighting resources

• Whether the area is receiving a higher than normal occurrence of human-caused fires

• A prediction that adverse fire weather will continue

• The Palmer Drought Index, produced by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, indicates severe and extreme drought conditions.