Dry, windy weather leads to five fires along Colorado’s Front Range

The largest burned 151 acres northwest of Longmont.

Rabbit Mountain Fire
Firefighters protect a house on the Rabbit Mountain Fire February 20, 2017. Screenshot from Denver7 video.

Firefighters along the front range of Colorado suppressed at least five wildfires on Monday.

The Rabbit Mountain fire blackened 151 acres north of Highway 66 near Rabbit Mountain Road. Three outbuildings and a barn were destroyed but firefighters were able to keep any homes from burning. Video showed the flames spreading to within a few feet of several residences. The fire was reported at about 5 p.m. and forced the evacuation of about 75 residences. By 9:15 a.m. on Tuesday Boulder County Sheriff’s office reported it was was 100 percent contained.

About two miles southwest of the Rabbit Mountain Fire another fire near Hygiene Road burned about 50 acres, as well as several outbuildings and vehicles.

A 30-acre fire near County Road 16 1/2 in Weld County southeast of Longmont destroyed a barn.

Two fires of suspicious origin burned seven acres in Green Mountain southwest of Denver, an area that experienced five other suspicious fires in November.

The Front Range and much of eastern Colorado are under a Red Flag Warning for Tuesday.

map wildfires Colorado's Front Range
Map showing the location of wildfires along Colorado’s Front Range February 20, 2017. Wildfire Today map.

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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.