“We’ve had a very good, very good day on the fire, very active suppression day,” Incident Commander Noel Livingston said during a Saturday press conference.
In Colorado, the early season winter storm is expected to bring snow that Trevor Denny, field services manager from the Office of Emergency Management, said could “certainly bring up the humidity, dampen any fire spread.”
The storm is poised to “be a huge help” to current fire conditions in the state of Colorado, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).
“Fire conditions will finally see a reprieve as winds decrease and moisture increases with snow moving in,” said NWS Denver on Saturday. The near-record cold temperatures are expected to raise relative humidity levels.
The higher humidity along with the heavy snowfall should act as a natural fire hydrant said CNN Weather’s Tyler Mauldin.
Despite the more positive weather outlook, fire officials say there are still some places facing a threat from the fire, including the Estes Park area.
So far, the East Troublesome Fire has burned more than 190,000 acres, adding roughly 10,000 acres on Saturday, and is between 4% and 5% contained said Livingston who also noted that this number is expected to go up on Sunday after the winter storm passes.