Posted: Mar 31, 2010 2:44 PM by Greg Boyce
Updated: Mar 31, 2010 2:44 PM
The Pueblo County Sheriff's office is warning residents to stay alert for wildfire. A Red Flag Warning is in effect in southeast Colorado, which means that conditions are perfectly suited for fire. Dry air, warm temperatures, and strong winds not only mean ripe conditions, but combine to make controlling fire on those warning days a real challenge for fire fighters.
Citizens are encouraged to stay vigilante throughout the Spring and Summer, but especially during the Red Flag Warning Days. Fully extinguish cigarettes and never throw them from your car window. Use caution when working with any flame out of doors. In addition, campfires can easily get out of control, so if you have one in an authorized area, don't leave it unattended and use plenty of water to extinguish it. Pueblo County residents are also prohibited from yard debris controlled burns on these days.
The Red Flag Warning covers southeastern Colorado from Colorado Springs south and east. This is basically the southern half of El Paso County and encompassing the southeast quadrant of Colorado all the way to Kansas and New Mexico.