Hurricane Maria, Tenderfoot 2 Fire and more: 5 Things to Know for Thursday, Sep. 21

Posted at 6:00 AM, Sep 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-21 08:00:21-04

DENVER – Good morning, everyone! Here’s what you need to know today on Thursday, September 21.

1. Puerto Rico's recovery from Hurricane Maria will take months
The Category 4 storm knocked out power across the entire U.S. territory and caused widespread damage at a time when it is in dire financial straits.

2. Next steps are crucial after Mexico's quake
Rescuers are struggling to free those trapped under the rubble, including at a collapsed school in Mexico City where at least 25 people died.

3. Tenderfoot 2 Fire progress
The Tenderfoot 2 Fire near Dillon is closer to being under control. The fire is now 75 percent contained, up from 50 percent yesterday. The fire was started by a downed power line.

4. Alzheimer's Awareness Day
Thursday is World Alzheimer's Awareness Day. Currently, about five million people suffer from the disease, which leads to progressive decreases in memory and other mental functions.

5. Dry, gusty Thursday
Thursday will have a higher level of fire danger as warmer and drier conditions develop with gusty southwest winds of 15 to 30 mph.  Red Flag Warnings will be in effect along and east of the Continental Divide.