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Firefighters warn of increased fire danger

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) – The fire danger is going to be high in the coming days. This week we saw a spark of fire on the grounds of Fort Carson near Route 115.

This month also marks two years since Colorado’s second most destructive wildfire, the East Troublesome Fire. It destroyed numerous structures and burned over 190,000 acres.

Firefighters are warning that there is no real fire season in Colorado, it’s all year round, which is why everyone should be extra careful on weekends like this.

“We had a devastating fire that was literally at the end of the year, so we know we’re not out of the woods. We’ve never been out of the woods,” said captain Mike Smaldino of the service. Colorado Springs fire.

People are the biggest contributor to starting fires. The Forest Service said the East Troublesome Fire in northern Colorado was caused by one person. It is the second largest fire in state history, taking more than a month to contain in 2020.

With strong gusts of wind in the forecast this weekend, KKTV’s chief meteorologist Brian Bledsoe warns now is the time to be aware and make sure you don’t get any burns from any so.

“If you have a wildfire that starts on a day when we’re going to have wind gusts at 50 miles an hour, that takes the situation and elevates it to a point where that fire can be very difficult, if not impossible, to contain,” Bledsoe said. .

Bledsoe added that while southern Colorado sees some moisture in the coming days, it can dry out quickly, leaving those red flag warnings in effect.