The first weekend in May has arrived with a forecast perfect for outdoor activities. Unlike recent weeks, the risk for fire is lower despite drought conditions that continue to plague most of the state. Localized fire danger will continue through week, so be careful with any outdoor burning.
A few isolated showers and thunderstorms are possible across most of the Colorado Saturday. The most likely areas to see precipitation will be the north central mountains and north central plains.
Attention hunters! The draw results for 2018 Colorado Sheep and Goat Hunting have been posted. Hunters who have applied for a license should receive a notification in their email inboxes Friday. Applicants who do not see an email can log into their Colorado Parks and Wildlife account at https://www.cpwshop.com and check for updated information.
Conditions Report - Statewide
Rivers and Creeks
Whitewater rafting and kayaking enthusiasts, who make the Arkansas River one of the most popular whitewater rivers in the nation, received good news this week from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (BOR), which manages flows in the river.
The BOR released its May forecast regarding the availability of water for the Voluntary Flow Management Program (VFMP) in the Arkansas River for the upcoming whitewater season and projected a minimum of 10,000 acre feet of water will be available for recreational purposes.
While drought conditions across most of Colorado were stable, southern Colorado saw an expansion of exceptional drought.
Conditions in Las Animas, Huerfano, Custer, Saguache, Alamosa, and Costilla counties moved into the most severe category, joining the southwest corner of the state.
With wildfires already burning homes in Colorado this spring, more than three-quarters of the state in drought conditions and a low snowpack, the possibility of a dangerous wildfire season looms in the minds of many residents. Now is an ideal time for homeowners living in the wildland-urban interface, public lands users and others to become more knowledgeable about how they can join in reducing wildfire risk.
Search and rescue experts from several area agencies plan to resume searching Lake Pueblo on Tuesday for a man in a small aluminum boat who went missing along the north shore of Lake Pueblo State Park.
The search began shortly after noon Monday following calls from witnesses who reported seeing a small boat, hearing a loud noise, then seeing the boat disappear and a man in the water several yards off shore, calling for help.
When the man didn't swim to shore, the witnesses, who were fishing on the shore, called 9-1-1 for help.
After a quiet week, high fire danger resumes in Colorado Sunday and Monday.