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Firefighters Extinguish Small Wildfires In Boulder, Douglas County

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An image of the brush fire in Boulder Canyon (credit: Ron Erickson)

An image of the brush fire in Boulder Canyon (credit: Ron Erickson)

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GALLERIES: COLORADO'S WORST WILDFIRES

BOULDER, Colo. (AP/CBS4) — The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning after several wildfires broke out on Monday.

The weather service said Tuesday winds could gust to 50 miles an hour in the mountains and Front Range, with warm temperatures and low humidity. The weather service says the fire danger will be high in those areas.

On Monday, a small grass fire northwest of Boulder in the Lefthand Canyon area that broke out after dark was contained to half an acre. Hundreds of people lost power due to the fire, but it was restored overnight.

“One tree crowned and it was probably 40 to 50 feet of flame and just scary,” said Ron Erickson, who captured video of the flames.

Another small grassland fire was contained in Douglas County after residents were notified to be ready to evacuate, but no evacuations were ordered.

CBS4 forecaster Lauren Whitney said the Denver area will be well above average — and very dry — for the next few days. There is a chance for some mountain snow on Thursday.

Firefighters at the scene of the brush fire near Boulder Monday night. (credit: CBS)
Firefighters at the scene of the brush fire near Boulder Monday night. (credit: CBS)

Firefighters at the scene of the brush fire near Boulder Monday night. (credit: CBS)

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