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NWS: Wildfire Burn Scars a Flood Risk during Heavy Rain

Watches, Warnings & Advisories

Parts of Colorado saw one of the hottest and rainiest July’s on record - depending on where you were. My July was one of the wettest in recent memory, and is a tool that I relied on for a heads up about hazardous weather forecasts, thunderstorm watches, warnings, and flash flood potential. I frequented the Mobile Weather Radar app and the My Lighting Tracker apps during storms, keeping an eye out days later for any potential smokes. SPOT Weather Forecasts are another useful NWS tool, intended for internal agency use and utilized by my local SAR team.

Situational Awareness isn't just jargon reserved for emergency services personnel. We can all choose to be more aware of the increased risks that we now face living in Colorado and plan accordingly. We have access to technology and tools that make it easier to understand and see what is going on around us.

Register for Emergency Alerts in your county, but never fool yourself into thinking that your safety is someone else's obligation, or that an emergency notification must predicate your decision to act.


Picture your Fire Adapted Colorado Network!

Beginning in August, we will be working to bring you an updated Fire Adapted Colorado and Colorado Wildland Fire Conference website. We'd like to include your photo's, videos and story credits.  FACO staff want your help to tell the story of fire adapatation efforts in our Colorado network.  We will be reaching out soon, asking for your content submissions and requesting the use of any media that you're will to share with us.

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Youtube Video Post-Wildfire/Flash Flood IDSS Toolkit Presentation


Flash Flood IDSS Toolkit Presentation - YouTube

This presentation by Megan Stackhouse (Forecaster, WFO Grand Junction) and Mike Seaman (Forecaster, WFO Salt Lake City) was provided as part of the Central Region Guest Speaker Series in March 2022. 



CWDG Informational Webinar

Community Wildfire Defense Grant - Informational Webinar for the Western Region Monday, August 8, 2022 at 12pm MT. Interested parties must register through the Wildland Fire Learning Portal. See the attached instructions.
CWDG Information Page:

Fire on the Plains

Colorado Wildland Fire and Incident Management Academy (CWFIMA) September 16-18, 2022, Otero College La Junta CO

Colorado Wildland Fire Conference

“Accelerating Adaptation and Managing Expectations" April 11 - 13, 2023, Fort Collins Marriott 350 East Horsetooth Road Fort Collins, Colorado 80525



Emergency Alert Systems Used Inconsistently Across Colorado Counties
9 News investigative story into Colorado EAS systems: A patchwork of opt-in systems and WEA cellphone emergency alerts across Colorado means some people aren't warned in a disaster, as the Marshall Fire showed, 
Steve Staeger, Sam Bergum

RMRI The Source
Partnerships Issue, July 2022. This Partnerships issue features Colorado Department of Natural Resources, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Envision Forest Health Council, Upper South Platte Partnership, Montrose Forest Products, Mountain Studies Institute and Fire Adapted Colorado.

ICC Pulse Podcast Episode 47
Living with Fire: How Wildland-Urban Interface Fires Impact Everyone 

Colorado Guests in the episode:


Community Wildfire Defense Grant (CWDG)


Flood After Fire

Colorado Water Conservation Board

Colorado Post-Wildfire Recovery Playbook

Guidance for Counties, Tribes, Municipalities, and Water Providers

Colorado Post-Wildfire Guide

A Resource for Colorado Communities Developed by the Colorado Silver Jackets Team

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