Increased Fire Danger This Afternoon

Increased Fire Danger This Afternoon

Marion, Monongalia, Preston, Tucker, Wetzel & Garrett Counties have been added to the Red Flag Warning which remains in effect from Noon until 8:00 PM Thursday. Highs will be warm because of the winds, reaching the 70s and 80s in the lower elevations. Take caution to still avoid outdoor burning. "No outdoor burning is recommended". Lows drop to the 30s and 40s under mostly clear skies.

Thursday, Red Flag Warnings are in effect for all of southern Colorado again. Blowing dust is possible.

Extended: Temperatures will still be above-average tomorrow, and we'll have EXTREME FIRE DANGER. Dry and windy conditions, an average between 20-30 miles per hour with gusts up to 45 miles per hour, are converging with today's fire danger identified as potentially "extreme" and Friday's as "historic". The weather service says low relative humidity or 20-to-30 percent along with southwest winds 15-to-25mph with gusts to 35... along with low moisture of potential fuels that can promote burning... are combining to "create an environment conducive to the rapid spread of wildfire". Because of this, we also have High Wind Watch has been issued for Thursday afternoon and evening.

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"Any fires that develop or are ongoing will likely exhibit rapid and erratic growth and behavior", the weather service website said.

Another weak weather system is expected to mainly pass to the north late Monday and Tuesday next week, allowing for the return of windy conditions and another drop in temperatures ino the middle of the week.

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