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Extreme Fire Danger Ahead

(Las Animas, CO) -- At Wednesday's special call City Council meeting in Las Animas, council member and Bent County Emergency Manager Troy Abdulla said he's concerned about fire danger this week but especially for Friday. Abdulla told the room the National Weather Service has issued warnings for Friday with high winds and dry conditions. He made a passionate plea to the room to share a message of caution.

"Fire Prevention in every aspect, we're going to have horrible weather Friday." Abdulla said.

"No outside fires at all, we are not currently under a burn ban as far as emergency management goes I wish we were." he added. Council Member Cassandra Siefkas asked if they can ask for a burn ban to be implemented. Abdulla said the County Fire Marshall or Fire Chief could enact a burn ban but have not to date.

Otero County Sheriff Shawn Mobley told Colorado News Your Way, "The fire outlook for the next 120 days is pushing us more towards a ban, but looking at the county as a whole, we may not be there yet." He said they are trying to be proactive yet understanding of what out AG folks are needing to accomplish as well.

Crowley County commissioner Roy Elliott reports they are in stage two fire restrictions.

The National weather service reports that Friday's relative humidity will be less than 15 percent with wind gust between 50 and 70 miles per hour.


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