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More fires pop up in Colorado as dry, windy conditions persist

Posted at 6:32 AM, Feb 21, 2017

DENVER -- Dry and windy conditions will continue to create a heightened fire risk for most of Colorado Tuesday. A red flag warning remains in effect for most of the Front Range and Eastern Colorado.

Crews were battling several wildfires that broke out across the metro area Monday. The largest blaze, the Rabbit Mountain Fire, grew a half-acre overnight. It has charred 151 acres and destroyed four buildings. It was fully contained Tuesday morning. Nearly a hundred residents in the area were evacuated but were later allowed to return home.

Tursday morning, Boulder County fire crews rushed to contain another blaze that broke out near 5300 Hygiene Road. The fire is relatively small and doesn't appear to be threatening structures. Hours later, Weld County crews extinguished a small grass fire along Interstate 25 near Dacono. Two additional fires were reported in Weld County Tuesday.

South Metro Fire crews are also keeping busy. A grass fire burning near Roxborough Park Road is growing fast as it moves east. No structured are being threatened.

Colorado fire crews will continue to be on heightened alert as critical fire weather conditions persist throughout the day Tuesday.

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