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Dust, fires affect Crowley and Otero counties in Colorado
3/17/2017 4:07:58 PM



CATEGORIES:
Agriculture
Fire
Society & Public Health
AFFECTED AREAS:
Crowley County, CO
Ordway, CO
Sugar City, CO
Otero County, CO
Cheraw, CO
La Junta, CO

Start Date: 3/6/2017 - End Date: 3/8/2017
March 6-8 saw high winds across Otero and Crowley counties. Lack of precipitation, high temperatures and winds have depleted soil surface moisture. Fields and rangeland began to blow. Cropland which had been spring-tilled blew. Limited visibility due to dust caused concerns for motorists. Several fires were contained due to high status alerts of Fire personnel. Fire on 3/6 resulted in barns and outbuilding on 2 farms being lost. From Rocky Ford, Colorado, on March 10, 2017
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