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Gazette Premium Content Governor Hickenlooper: Caution still needed to prevent fires

ASSOCIATED PRESS - Published: May 9, 2013

CENTENNIAL - Gov. John Hickenlooper is urging Coloradans to remain cautious and prevent wildfires despite recent snow and rain.

Hickenlooper said Thursday that the danger of wildfires starting and spreading isn't as bad as last year but he doesn't want people to let their guard down.

The governor spoke at his annual briefing with state and federal officials on the wildfire outlook at Centennial Airport.

While a wet spring has helped ease the threat in the northern and central mountains and the populated Front Range foothills, all parts of the state are still in some degree of drought.

Things are the worst in southeastern Colorado. Drought conditions over the past two years there have not only raised the fire danger but have led to failed or reduced crops and cattle loss and abandonment.

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