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Warm, dry weather boosting E. Colorado fire danger

DENVER (AP) – Fire managers are warning that dry, warm weather has boosted the fire danger to above average in Colorado.

Wildfires aren’t uncommon this time of year, but officials say there have been several the last few weeks. The largest burned 622 acres in the mountains west of Boulder last week and prompted the evacuation of more than 200 homes.

No homes were damaged and the fire was contained Monday.

Several grass fires have started on the eastern plains. The Gazette reports that a blaze in the Black Forest area in El Paso County destroyed a barn and burned close to a house Thursday.

The Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center, a multi-agency fire center, says the high fire danger is due to an extended dry period starting last August and intensifying during the fall.

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