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High winds forecast for Routt County on Saturday increase fire danger

Officials urge caution during holiday weekend

Wildfire prevention tips

■ Human-caused fires are preventable. Act responsibly with all outdoor fires.

■ Smoke in clear areas and be sure matches and cigarettes are completely extinguished.

■ Spark arresters are necessary for internal combustion engines such as chain saws, motorbikes, ATVs, weed eaters, generators and lawn mowers.

■ Don’t park in tall, dry grass because catalytic converters can ignite fires.

■ Take steps to protect your home from wildfire. Remove flammable materials from decks and porches, and make sure debris that could lead a fire to your home is removed. Regularly mow grass and other vegetation near your home.

Source: Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit