public safety dangers
Two consecutive years without summer rainfall has completely eliminated flooding from the Hayden Pass burn scar in western Fremont County (upper Arkansas River), but is beginning to kill trees--all age juniper and mature 100-year plus pinyon. Red phase needles and increased surface fuel from needle cast means higher danger of wildfire spread, which has been off the charts with unprecedented downhill runs as late as November. Weeds also contributing to fuels. Last year it was acres of tumble mustard. This year was so dry the cheatgrass did not emerge and tumbleweed took over. Both of these weeds collect on roadside fences with high ignition potential.