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Colorado wildfires: Hot, dry, windy weather could make for critical fire conditions – The Denver Post

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Hot and dry weather conditions in Colorado are incoming this week, leading to concerns about critical fire conditions, according to the National Wildfire Coordinating Group.

Gusting winds on Thursday may contribute to critical fire conditions, the wildfire group said.

At the Sylvan fire in Eagle County, “significantly drier” air will linger over the fire Wednesday, eliminating the possibility of additional storms, the wildfire group said. Warm and dry conditions are expected to stick around through Saturday.

Updates on wildfires burning in the state are as follows:

Muddy Slide fire

As of Tuesday, the most recent information provided, the fire burning about 18 miles west of Kremmling is just shy of 4,100 acres and is 45% contained.

“Recent mild weather and less residual heat has confined fire behavior to smoldering and creeping in heavy timber,” according to information provided by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group. “Single tree torching may occur where heat remains under dense canopy on sunny, warm, dry days.”

Sylvan fire

The Sylvan fire, burning about 15 miles south of Eagle, was just shy of 3,800 acres as of Tuesday night and reached 68% containment.

On Tuesday, the fire showed limited activity as firefighters held, improved and monitored containment lines, according to information provided by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group.

Sylvan State Park remains closed.

Wildfire map

Click markers for details, use buttons to change what wildfires are shown. Map data is automatically updated by government agencies and could lag real-time events. Incident types are numbered 1-5 — a type 1 incident is a large, complex wildfire affecting people and critical infrastructure, a type 5 incident is a small wildfire with few personnel involved. Find more information about incident types at the bottom of this page.

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