It is extremely dry! Coloradans know that this means extreme fire danger.

A wildfire was ignited by lightning strikes last night. The fire is burning Northwest of Fort Collins, a little south of Virginia Dale. It is being called the Halligan Fire as it is near Halligan Reservoir.

The Larimer Sheriffs Department said as of Tuesday, January 28th at 10:15 the fire was at 100 acres, with air resources and 50 fire personnel on the scene dealing with very difficult terrain.

US Wildfire Activity Web Map
US Wildfire Activity Web Map

All wildfires start small. The goal here is to get this contained quickly. No one wants to see a repeat of some of the horrific wildfires we have seen in Colorado in recent years. Colorado's largest wildfire, the Cameron Peak Fire ignited just 50 miles or so from this newly burning Halligan Fire.

There are several days of thunderstorms expected for this area starting on Thursday. Let's hope for lots of moisture and very little wind and lightning.

Just a reminder that fireworks that leave the ground or explode are illegal in all of Colorado. Also, remember that cigarette butts thrown from car windows can start a fire and so can driving your vehicle across dry grass.

Let's be safe. Thank you, firefighters!

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