Fire danger in Colorado: Keep your butts to yourself

(Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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The plains east of Denver as seen from a passenger airliner. (Andrew Kenney/Denverite)

The plains east of Denver as seen from a passenger airliner. (Andrew Kenney/Denverite)

Eastern Colorado is under a fire danger warning today, March 6, despite slightly colder temperatures.

We’re looking at very strong, gusty winds on the plains and the foothills. Combined with recent dry weather, that creates ideal conditions for fires. So, keep those cigarette butts to yourself.

Critical fire conditions last until 6 p.m. today and may return on Tuesday.

Winds could max out around 70 mph on the plains today. They’ll be strongest toward the northern border, but we could see high sustained winds around Denver too.

The National Weather Service, which is the source of all this information, urges caution for drivers. Also, secure loose objects and get ready to lose power.

Meanwhile, snow is falling in the central mountains, resulting in delays on Interstate 70 around Vail.