Summer and early fall are frequently referred to as wildfire season, which generally spans from May to mid-October. Late spring can also see grass and forest fires affecting middle and far western areas of the US. However, it’s considered very uncommon for winter wildfires, especially in chilly Rocky Mountain regions, to be a problem. There have been unusual cases over the years, but today climate change may be pushing those abnormal winter fires to become more common occurrences. ServiceMaster DSI provides year-round fire damage restoration in Denver, CO, so that our customers can quickly recover even from unexpected winter fires.
The fall of 2016 has progressed with dry weather stretching from the southeastern coast to central Rocky Mountain territory, and several states have seen the effects of this drought turn into late season wildfires. Across Kentucky, Tennessee, the Carolinas, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia, wildfires burned hundreds of acres from late October to early November. These regions haven’t seen rain in at least two months, and the dry weather threatens more wildfires to urban and rural areas across the southern US.
Even in the late winter of 2016 around the Denver- Aurora metro area, several fires caught and burned almost 2,000 acres together. The unusually warm weather of the past winter and the high winds of February 20th pushed the fires over the grasslands in El Paso County. Although these fires didn’t come close to many populated areas, the risk of winter fires has escalated in the last couple years as the temperatures and dry weather patterns have increased.
As the expected fire season comes to an end, the danger of wildfires affecting your home or business does not subside completely throughout the late fall and winter. Recognize danger signs on windy, warm, or dry days this winter, and keep a look out on your local wildfire resource sites like the US Forest Service, the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control, Colorado Emergency Management, the Colorado Red Cross, the US Fire Administration, the National Interagency Fire Center, and Smokey the Bear.
Even in snow and ice, fire can burn through dry areas and spread with strong winds. If you experience a winter fire, contact ServiceMaster DSI at (303) 288-2900 for emergency response services and comprehensive fire damage restoration in Denver, CO.