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.