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Growing number of Colorado counties issue restrictions amid high fire danger

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Posted at 1:23 PM, Jul 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-06 07:40:05-04

DENVER – The number of Colorado counties under fire restrictions continues to grow as hot, dry conditions persist across the state.

Elbert and Clear Creek counties announced new fire restrictions Wednesday, joining more than a dozen other counties with restrictions currently in place.

The lack of moisture means fire danger is extremely high in many areas and activities such as backyard burning and setting off fireworks are not allowed.

Wednesday afternoon, a number of homes in Greenwood Village were evacuated due to a brush fire that was caused by a kid playing with fireworks, according to South Metro Fire Rescue.

A wildfire broke out near Breckenridge Wednesday, shooting flames into the air and drawing state air crews to assist in the efforts.

"Peak 7 is under evacuation notice at this time," Breckenridge Police said on Twitter, citing Red, White and Blue Fire. "Shekel and all of Breckenridge should be prepared to evacuate due to wildland fire." 

The Gutzler Fire near Kremmling continues to burn.

The map below, from the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, shows which counties are under fire restrictions. You can also find that information here.

The state also maintains a map with information on large fires currently burning in Colorado. For more information, log on to coemergency.com.