Red Flag Warning signals higher fire dangers

Strong winds, low humidity and dry conditions have much of Douglas County under a Red Flag Warning through 5 p.m. Wednesday. Castle Rock Fire and Rescue is urging residents to be aware of increased fire dangers.

While fire restrictions are not officially in place, the day’s wind and dry conditions have officials concerned about a higher risk for wildfires. One spark or ember is all it takes to start a major brush fire.

During windy conditions, Castle Rock Fire and Rescue is asking the community to be extra careful with outdoor fires. If possible, avoid using fire pits, charcoal grills or other open fires while under a Red Flag Warning. Also, never leave an outdoor fire unattended.

“Please understand that these seemingly safe activities can be very dangerous during Red Flag conditions,” said Castle Rock Fire and Rescue Chief Art Morales.

A Red Flag Warning means critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will shortly. Additionally, the warning indicates that if a fire were to start, it would be capable of spreading quickly.

The Red Flag Warning is set to expire today at 5 p.m.

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