High winds whip Aurora grass fire

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    AURORA | Wind gusts of more than 50 mph fueled a a grass fire that torched almost 300 acres Monday morning on the city’s eastern edge.

    The blaze, in a field south of East Jewell Avenue and east of Gun Club Road, forced the evacuation of a nearby landfill, Aurora fire department officials said on Twitter.

    Nobody was injured in the blaze and no buildings were damaged, said Aurora fire Lt. Tony Krenz. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, he added.

    Fire officials said the blaze was fully contained after a few hours.

    Crews from several agencies responded, including Aurora police, the Arapahoe County sheriff’s office, South Metro Fire Rescue and Elizabeth Fire.

    Krenz said dry weather, warm temperatures and high winds mean the fire danger is unseasonably high.

    “It is so incredibly dry,” he said.

    Just a few weeks ago Arapahoe County Sheriff Dave Walcher issued an open-burning ban, something regularly seen in the summer but rarely in the winter months.