LOVELAND, Colo. (CBS4) – Warm and dry conditions are expected to keep firefighters busy in Colorado until more snow arrives.

A fire broke out near near Carter Lake west of Loveland on Saturday. It was caused by arcing power lines, and with strong gusts up to 40 mph Loveland Fire & Rescue had to fight the flames on the ground.

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Officials were hoping to use a helicopter but those strong winds kept the helicopter grounded.

The blaze briefly threatened homes in the Sedona Hills Subdivision.

Strong winds also stirred up a wildfire that started last month in Rocky Mountain National Park.

The Fern Lake Fire began burning Oct. 9, and so far it has charred more than 1,200 acres. Firefighters were never able to completely douse the flames because the terrain is so rugged.

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Park rangers say it will take a major snowstorm to put the fire out.

The fire danger is predicted to grow worse in Colorado over the next week.

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