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"Right now I can see a lot of fuel for fires. I don't see any moisture at all," Doug Saba, the public information officer for Evergreen Fire, said on Monday. "This year has been the worst we've seen in a long time."

For the first time in about a decade, Saba said the Evergreen Fire Department has upped the fire danger sign outside of their offices to "high" during the month of December.

"A small weed fire can turn into a community having to be evacuated in hours," he said.

The current statewide snowpack, according to the National Resources Conservation Service, is 41 percent. Saba said moisture content in the vegetation is close to 10 percent, if not less.

Denver Water's Stacy Chesney said it's too early to tell if even more restrictive water restrictions are in store for next summer, but she said that things are not exactly looking very promising.

Denver Water's reservoirs are currently 69 percent full. Typically around this time of year they are 84 percent full. In 2001 at this same time, its reservoirs were 80 percent full. The summer of 2002 saw a lot of mandatory water restrictions due to what was then a prolonged drought.

(KUSA-TV © 2012 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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