It has been a dry year here in the SLV. This winter we had less than a foot of snow all winter at the ranch. It has been windy too up wards to 75mph ! The chickens were not keen on the blast, nor the horses.
Being Short on water is a historical issue here in the valley. In the last 15 yrs Colorado has had major fires that would have been slowed by healthy trees and heavy melting snow pack and deluge rains. Because of drought and the emerald beetle the local aspens have become tinder to a potential fire flash.
Here at the WCR we take rigorous efforts to keep the pine trees free of ladder fuel and all dead branches. All the wood fuel is then cut in to logs and stacked to cure for the season. All the scratch and tinder is stacked as well and only awaits winters use.