Lightning storms are common in Colorado and sparks do fly. El Paso county is leading region for frequent lightning strikes and August is the most active month, according to the National Weather Service. The electric bolts cause many forest fires. Until frequent rain storms started after July 4, 2011, wildland fire concerns caused the Bureau of Land Management to declare “very high fire danger levels” along the Rocky Mountain Front Range. Bureau officials initiated Stage 2 fire restrictions during the holiday, thereby banning open burning, outdoor smoking and private fireworks. As July continued the state became drenched with rain. Lightning is rare in the winter, but the dry air causes a lot of static electricity. Humidifier attached to furnaces keep that minimal, as well as improves overall comfort levels.