O'Connor’s volunteer department responded to more than 80 calls in June, compared with the usual 30 calls. Three-fourths of the calls were related to wildfires.
The fires came after Colorado got one of its smallest snowpacks in years — by some accounts tying 2002 as the lowest snow buildup in the 45 years that records have been kept.
Still, climatologists caution that it’s too early in the winter to give up hope.
‘‘We could be singing a different tune this winter if a storm system cooperates,’’ said Dave Robinson, a Rutgers University geography professor who’s also the New Jersey state climatologist. ‘‘Sometimes you get what you wish for.’’
Associated Press writers Scott Bauer in Madison, Wis.; Matt Volz in Helena, Mont.; and Mead Gruver, Cheyenne, Wyo., contributed to this report.