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Mar 17, 2013 11:48 PM by Tony Spehar - tspehar@koaa.com

Fire danger growing across the Front Range

Fire danger continues to increase as temperatures climb across Southern Colorado.

A good example of just how dry conditions are came on Sunday afternoon when the Colorado Springs Fire Department was called out to put out a grass fire at the Roosevelt Edison Charter School at 205 Byron Drive. Even well within the city dry landscape can easily catch flame.

"When we arrived it was roughly half-an-acre burning at a real slow pace at the top of a grass field, requested more resources just because it was starting to threaten houses," explained Lt. Brian Vaughn. "Like anyone who lives in the city knows we've been dry all year, the whole front range for that matter, we've seen the fires up north, it's gonna be another dry season."

Late Sunday night the Galena Fire near Fort Collins was 75-percent contained after crews spent the weekend battling against high winds to extinguish the fire that's burned up to 1,000-acres. The Galena fire is burning almost exactly where the Hyde Park fire burned last year and destroyed 259 homes and killed one person.

Though everyone is hoping this year's fire season isn't as bad as last year's, fire fighters say everyone needs to take precautions.

"Right now we're completely dry, we're not doing well for moisture," described Lt. Brian Vaughn. "We're looking at drought conditions and water rations as people have been reading in the news, so it's a huge concern."

Fire fighters say it's important to be overly cautious and report all smoke sightings so that any fires can be contained quickly.

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