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Grass fire burns in northeast Colorado

The fire burned Sunday afternoon east of Empire Reservoir, which is near the Weld/Morgan county line.

WIGGINS, Colo. — Crews responded to a wind-driven brush fire near the Weld/Morgan county line in northeastern Colorado Sunday afternoon, the Platte Valley Fire Protection District said.

The fire burned just east of Empire Reservoir, which is west of Wiggins.

A portion of Highway 34 was closed for about an hour due to the fire. The highway reopened around 5:30 p.m., the Colorado Department of Transportation said.

Credit: KUSA

Crews from multiple agencies fought the fire. 

Around 4:45 p.m., wind speeds in the area were averaging 35.6 mph with gusts of 49.4 mph, according to a weather station near Wiggins.

A Red Flag Warning was in effect for much of Colorado, including the Wiggins area, until 7 p.m. Sunday due to strong winds and low relative humidity.

Credit: KUSA

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