DENVER — For the second day in a row, Denver beat a heat record as temperatures soared in the high 90s. And early on Wednesday, it appeared that it was possible that records would fall for a third straight day.
At noon on Tuesday, it was 97 degrees at the official weather station at Denver International Airport, beating the record of 95 set back in 1956. It was even hotter Monday, when the city reached 99 degrees and broke a 1952 record of 97.
Some in the Metro area were enjoying the heat, including Denver’s Krista Walters, who called herself “a summer girl at heart.”
“The heat is bearable as long as you have a lake or a pool you can hop into,” she added.
Unfortunately, a pool wasn’t readily available for much of the state’s residents nor its fire-charred landscape. Red flag warnings and high fire danger have been posted for southern counties in Colorado as four major wildfires — the Royal Gorge, Black Forest, Big Meadows and Klikus fires — burn across the state.
Considering chances for high winds and thunderstorms in the afternoons, fire crews not currently involved in battling those blazes remained on high alert Wednesday.
Don’t expect much of a cool down on Thursday, either. High temperatures are expected to be in the mid 90s once again.
For the coming weekend, the highs will finally drop back into the upper 80s.
Fire restrictions ordered
As firefighters battled four wildfires in Colorado Tuesday, deputies ordered fire restrictions within unincorporated Jefferson County.
The Temporary Stage 1 Fire Restriction went into effect at 5 p.m., and applies to all unincorporated and federal lands in Jefferson County.
Restrictions include outdoor fires larger than a recreational fire, and not contained within a portable outdoor fireplace.
Campfires, bonfires, warming fires, the lighting of any fused explosives, permissible fireworks, the use of model rockets, “sky lanterns” and the burning of fence lines or rows, grass lands, fields, farm lands, ditches, range lands, and wild lands fall under fire restrictions.
Read all of the temporary fire restrictions here.
Fire restrictions have also been ordered for Douglas County, Golden, Colorado Springs, Parker and Clear Creek County.
A fire ban was also enacted Wednesday for the central mountain corridor of Boulder County. The ban prohibits outdoor burning, slash fires, use of any kind of fireworks, model rockets, and all other outdoor spark or flame producing activities.