Colorado’s dry, windy conditions spark wildfire concerns

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DENVER -- Dry and windy conditions have led to some massive wildfires and even destroyed homes.

A small grass fire that broke out in Elizabeth recently had Heather Weber worried. It was down the street from her home.

“So we just grabbed the girls and the dogs and we were just getting ready to leave," Weber said.

Small fires can turn into life threatening infernos quickly.

“When (a fire is) in this long grass it can travel very fast," said Kim Spuhler with South Metro Fire Rescue.

Prevention, she said, is key to saving lives and homes.

“We want to keep the grasses short. Anything around a fence line, keep those short," Spuhler said.

The idea is to put something between you and the fire.

"Also think about decks," Spuhler said. "Think about if your storing wood next to your house, what are those combustibles?"

She recommends removing pine needles from your roofs, gutters and decks.

"They’re like matchsticks," Spuhler said.

Very little snow and a lot of wind make things even worse.

"Just pray that they can get it stopped and pray for the people affected," Weber said.

Sometimes, that’s all you can do.

South Metro Fire says there are many more suggestions on how to protect homes.

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