High temperatures, drought-like conditions, gusty winds and lightning strikes have made Colorado a virtual tinderbox. It seems like every day more fires are added to the list. For up to date information about the wildfires burning in our state, visit the Colorado Office of Emergency Management at http://www.coemergency.com/. Besides posting fire updates on their blog, they also have links to local information sources. Our “Quick Guide to State Fire and Drought Information” will lead you to resources on wildfire prevention, air quality and fire-related health concerns. Travelers who are concerned about how the fires will affect their visits to the state can find information on a wildfire resource page developed by the Colorado Department of Tourism.
Colorado libraries have stepped up to help those displaced by fire in their communities. Library staff have set up computer labs and provide story hours and research services in evacuation centers. For more information on library services for evacuees, visit http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdelib/wildfires.htm