I live in Cascade, near Colorado Springs … a little over 100 miles southeast of unit 18.
It's been a fairly wet summer here … in fact things are still green which is unusual for August.
I haven't heard about any fires near unit 18.
Maybe someone who lives closer can confirm.
It's been incredibly wet. I was camping near Kremmling a few weeks ago and the mosquitoes were out of control. The wildflowers (and weeds) are nuts, too. There are lots of camp sites along forest service roads in that area so overgrown you can barely see there are fire rings in them. I think it's also telling that, with the exception of a few habitually dry areas like Alamosa and Costilla counties, we're almost to the end of August with no fire bans yet. (Handy bookmark for those who may need this: http://www.coemergency.com/p/fire-bans-danger.html)
Colorado has been fairly fire free this summer, I think that we needed the rest after the last few years.
As other have said we are green and green all over but the last month or so we have started to dry out and in just the last couple of days they have started placing fire restriction in areas as they get ready for the Labor Day Holiday.
Got back a few days ago from a scout trip near the Bob Miller trail. Tons of other hunters as well as horseback. Saw 3 doe and that was it. Heard lots of bugles and couldn't walk 10 feet without stepping in bear poo! Yet still did not see a bear, kinda crazy. Probably trying my luck at my spot B I was considering due to the lack of bucks I saw where I was at.