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Mar 28, 2012 6:00 AM by Kate Richards

Some communities along Front Range forcing fire restrictions

DENVER (AP) - Unusually dry conditions and a wildfire that has destroyed 28 homes near Conifer have prompted some Front Range communities to issue fire restrictions.

Arapahoe, Boulder and Jefferson counties implemented restrictions Tuesday in unincorporated parts of their counties, and Denver banned fires in its mountain parks.

Larimer County officials haven't issued a fire ban yet but are urging people to use caution with fires, slash pile burns and cigarette butts.

Denver officials say they're trying to prevent any human-caused wildfires that could divert valuable resources from fighting other blazes.

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