PARKER, Colo. (CBS4) – Right now parts of Colorado are under a Red Flag Warning. Dry, hot conditions and high winds could mean trouble if a grass fire sparks.

On Saturday in Parker two grass fires started within just a couple of hours of each other. The first was in Parker Gulch and firefighters evacuated a couple of homes as the fire got dangerously close.

The fire started as a grass fire but the sporadic and strong winds fueled it into a full blown wildland fire requiring help from a few other fire departments.

The second fire started in a wetland area in Cottonwood Park. It only burned about an acre.

Both fires were human caused.

“It is definitely a word of caution to everybody as they are out enjoying the outdoors and the warm weather in this transitional season phase from winter to spring that everybody needs to use a little bit more caution,” Anthony Valdez with South Metro Rescue Fire Authority said.

Even though there was a good amount of snow over the winter, the warm days and winds have dried out grasses and brush. Until green grass comes in, much of the metro area is highly flammable.

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