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Vehicle fire near Chivington sparks grass fire

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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.

Southern Colorado under a Red Flag Warning Monday for fire danger

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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.

Polis signs 20 bills into law, including legislation directing more funds toward wildfire mitigation, state parks

PROMO 64J1 People - Jared Polis Colorado Governor Politician

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.

It may be February, but there’s high fire danger in southeast Colorado Saturday

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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.

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PICT Night fire fighting activity at the Pine Gulch Fire

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.