Front Range grass fires keep crews busy

DENVER -- Front Range firefighters are on alert after a relatively busy weekend. In the past two days, a series of grass fires stretching from Larimer County to the Castle Rock area were reported.

The Denver metro area won’t see much moisture over the next few days. Weather conditions have created an overall dry July.

On Sunday, flames and smoke could be seen near Carter Lake Reservoir. Not far from Fort Collins on Saturday, homes were threatened.

Small grass fires near Loveland and Castle Rock were also fought over the weekend. No buildings or homes were damaged, but the risk of future damage is real.

“Anything can change, whether it be wind or the weather or anything else like that,” Larimer County sheriff’s spokesman David Moore said Saturday.

Wildfire prevention tips:

  • Don’t drive over dry grass or brush
  • Properly maintain vehicle brakes
  • Don’t mow when excessively windy and dry
  • Check local fire restrictions before setting a campfire

In Larimer County, fire restrictions are in place until late August.

“I have not been advised of anything that would make us recall those fire restrictions any sooner,” Moore said.

As of late Sunday, the state reported 10 wildfires across western Colorado. Most were more than 50 percent contained.