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Fire Season Fears Start Now

Published On: Mar 15 2013 05:22:13 PM CDT

A west side grass fire is fueling fears of a repeat of a massive wildfire this summer. Fire officials and the public remind everyone to be responsible outside and around fire.

Hikers big and small and furry took advantage of the warm weather Friday afternoon at Red Rocks Open Space. Hikers and campers all over the Pikes Peak Region are wondering about fire danger now and later this summer.

 “I've got people, friends of mine, that don't even live here that are concerned,” said Jeremy Nash, a local outdoor enthusiast.

There are currently no fire restrictions. The Colorado Springs Fire Marshal said March and April are historically wet months, but he is not too optimistic the area will get enough water.

Amber Arena's family lost their home in the Waldo Canyon Fire, and she fears this summer to just as dry as it was last year.

“I can't even stress to you how much this means to me to do everything right, to not have fires, and open fire pits or stuff like that. It was really scary last year,” said Arena.

Fire fighters are asking everyone to use extreme caution even though there are no fire restrictions right now.

Don't flick your cigarettes outside, and make sure camp fires are completely out before you leave. If you see smoke or fire, report it right away. Don't depend on someone else making the call.


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