Warmer temperatures mean greater fire danger

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DENVER — A warm and dry Easter weekend didn’t come without dangers across the metro area.

Over hot flames and an open grill, the Silvers family gathers for an Easter celebration.  It’s a barbecue at Cherry Creek State Park filled with blessings, laughter and fret.

“Happy re-birthday Jesus,” said Krista Silvers-Nelson as the family sat down to dinner.

The fret is because of Colorado’s heightened fire danger after this spring’s unusually warm and dry conditions.

“I do worry about fire danger.  I’m a Colorado native so I’ve seen the damage,” Silvers-Nelson said.

And their worry wasn’t without merit.  Just a few miles away Sunday, along the Cherry Creek Trail and Main Street in Parker, firefighters were called to a two-alarm fire fueled by wind and thick, dry brush. Crews worked for hours to extinguish the hot spots.

“I just stuck my hand in the dirt here and its super hot,” a member of the South Metro Fire Rescue crew said.

The fire burned nearly 2 acres before being put out.  Firefighters say it’s a good reminder to be extra precautious in the dry conditions.

“You know these are the kinds of things that when it gets warm and dry tomorrow, it will catch back on fire again,” one firefighter said.

The Silvers’ hope flames on their desert is their only concern.

“One peep, one Graham cracker, two pieces of chocolate,” Silvers-Nelson said of their new twist on an old tradition.

“Smeep. Smeeps are good,” Silvers-Nelson says of the s’more-like creation.

They also hope the only thing burning is the smeeps.

Fire experts say a fire safety tips to keep in mind are, never leave a grill or fire unattended.  Make sure to clean your grill often and always keep a fire extinguisher on hand.  Also, make sure to put out any flames, cigarettes or open sources of fire before discarding.

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