Record Heat & Wildfires

By: KKTV & Associated Press
By: KKTV & Associated Press

An early June heatwave broke a few records across Colorado on Monday. And it also contributed to some dangerous wildfires.

Records Fall

  • Pueblo hit 101 degrees---breaking the old mark of 100 set in 1981.
  • Denver hit 98 degrees---breaking the old mark of 97 set in 1874.
  • Alamosa hit 88 degrees---breaking the old mark of 87 set in 1981.

    El Paso County Wildfire

    A grass fire Monday afternoon destroyed three outbuildings on a farm southeast of Ellicott. Firefighters were able to keep it from spreading to the house.

    The fire burned an estimated 600-750 acres. No word on what started the fire. Strong winds of up to 25 miles per hour certainly fanned the flames.

    One firefighter was treated for smoke inhalation, but his injuries were not considered serious. No word on what started this fire.

  • Jefferson County Wildfire

    Jefferson County officials went door-to-door Monday afternoon advising residents of a 5 to 10 acre wildfire that was spreading southeast of Conifer.

    Jefferson County sheriff's spokesman Jim Shires says a crew of about 20 firefighters hiked into the thickly wooded mountain where the fire crept along the ground, sending smoke that was visible across the Denver metro area.

    The area is sparsely populated, but officials were concerned an afternoon wind could cause the fire to spread and threatened more than 30 homes.

    It is believed a lightning strike may have started this fire.

    Tune in to KKTV 11 News for more on this heatwave.


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