SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) - Wildfires are destroying homes in Colorado, and it's causing some to take a second look at Utah's fire conditions.
Right now a fast moving wildfire is burning up homes in Colorado.
"Law enforcement to be very honest is scrambing to get people out of there as we do searches," said an official in Colorado.
Authorities are calling it the Black Forest Fire. It's burning near Colorado Springs. Officials said dry and windy conditions are quickly spreading the flames. It's forced crews to evacuate more than 2,500 homes. So far they no idea how many its destroyed.
"The challenge that we're facing right now is the lack of state and federal resources," said the Colorado official.
Last year here in Utah more than 1400 fires burned nearly half a million acres throughout the state. This year, so far its been relatively quiet. But some believe that won't last long.
"You know what's scary about his year's fire season, it's drier than last year, and last year we had one of the worst fire seasons in Utah history," said Curtis Ray, ABC 4 Utah Meteorologist.
Ray said Utah's weather for past several weeks, isn't improving conditions.
"We've been very windy, very dry, very hot, really it's only a matter of time before either man or lightening starts a fire," said Ray.
Once the tinder box is set, ABC 4 Utah is told historically 50% of the time lightening starts a fire, the other 50% of fires are caused by humans.
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