Colorado's wildfire experts said on Thursday that they anticipate the state will face another year of intense blazes.
Units from the Kiowa County Fire Protection District responded to a vehicle fire on Highway 96 near the Chivington Friends Church in eastern Kiowa County late Monday afternoon.
When firefighters arrived, a Ford F-250 pickup was nearly completely destroyed, and flames had spread to grassland, burning to the northeast. Much of southeast Colorado was under a red flag warning for high fire danger Monday due to high temperatures and strong winds.
A red flag warning for high fire danger has been issued by the National Weather Service for Monday and covers southeast Colorado along with the San Luis Valley. A fire weather watch remains in effect for all or parts of four additional counties in the east central portion of the state.
The warning is in effect from noon until 8:00 p.m. Monday.
Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed 20 bills over the past few days, including legislation that directs more funds toward wildfire mitigation efforts and a bill to provide more dollars to state parks.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a warning Tuesday about an elevated risk of wildfires in several regions of Texas that could last through Thursday.
Fire danger continues for southeast Colorado Monday and Tuesday.
Fire danger returns to eastern Colorado Monday as a surge of warm temperatures continues in the United States
Seven northeast Colorado counties are facing a red flag warning Saturday.
With weeks to go before the start of spring, southeast Colorado remains dry. Warmer temperatures, along with expected strong winds, are bringing high fire danger to the plains.
The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning due to the risk Saturday. The warning will be in effect from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. for Cheyenne, Kiowa, Otero, Bent, Prowers and Baca counties. Eastern Las Animas county is also included.
As of late fall, wildfires are still smoldering under snowfall in Colorado. I am hoping that the cold and snowy weather over the last few days will finally put to bed the 2020 fire season in my state.