Fire danger is back in metro Denver along with hot, dry weather

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DENVER -- Sizzling conditions across Colorado combined with dry days are triggering fears of grass fires.

South Metro Fire Rescue has put out a dozen grass fires this week. Many have been sparked by illegal Fourth of July fireworks igniting the dry, brittle grass. But as Colorado enters a stretch of dry, hot days, there is potential for more fires.

“The last few that we’ve had have been the biggest so far and that’s directly related to everything drying out,” South Metro spokesman Eric Hurst said.

On Wednesday afternoon, fire crews put out a grass fire on the side of Interstate 25 near C-470. It was likely caused by a lit cigarette that was flicked out of a moving vehicle.

Fire crews doused the grass and had the burn under control quickly. Hurst said as the week goes on, grass fires will be much more difficult to handle.

“Fire can double in size in just a matter of seconds,” he said.

South Metro Fire already plans to deploy bigger fire engines on calls throughout the next few days. If Colorado goes under a red flag warning, it will bring in more staff to handle more calls and bigger fires.

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