Two large wildfires in Colorado

Two fires over the last two days in Colorado have burned a total of almost 2,200 acres. 

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The red-shaded area was under a Red Flag Warning Friday, December 16, 2016.

The largest fire started Thursday night when very strong winds blew over a truck which then skidded along the road, creating sparks.  The blaze, now contained, burned about 2,000 acres near Interstate 25 south of Walsenburg, Colorado.

A fire near Loveland, Colorado also started Thursday night. Loveland Fire and Rescue reports that they have it contained at 189 acres.

A large portion of southeast Colorado was under a Red Flag Warning on Friday, but it expired at 6 p.m.

Snow will begin in the area Friday night after midnight and will continue off and on into Saturday afternoon. The high temperature near Walsenburg Saturday will be around 15 degrees.


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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

3 thoughts on “Two large wildfires in Colorado”

  1. I had been hearing radio chatter about the Huerfano County grassfire all day. Then in the evening, a TV meteorologist told us that southern Colorado was under a winter storm warning and a red-flag warning at the same time. And he did not even smile at the irony of it.

  2. Almost hard to believe with about 4 inches of new snow and -8 F. here in northern Wyoming! We’re not that far away. But then the system that brought our weather probably brought the wind that spread those fires.

  3. Wow 2,000 acres burned from sparks off of a truck being blown over…..I see how fast fire spreads. My mom’s garage is full of stuff, I keep saying, one spark from your old wiring, this garage could go up….she does not heed my words or believe me.


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