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Fire Danger Rises in Southeast Colorado Again


UPDATE: (3/6/16): The Fire Weather Watch for Monday has been upgraded to a Red Flag Warning for Kiowa, Prowers, Baca, Bent, Otero and Las Animas Counties.

Original article:

The National Weather Service has issued alerts for fire weather in Kiowa County and other portions of southeast Colorado. The alerts are in effect Sunday and Monday.

A Red Flag Warning is in effect Sunday, March 6, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m for Pueblo, Crowley, Bent, Huerfano Las Animas and Baca counties. The warning has been issued due to expected wind gusts to 40 miles per hour, relative humidity of 7 to 12 percent and temperatures in the mid- to upper 70s.

A Fire Weather Watch has been issued for Monday, March 7, morning through the afternoon due to similar conditions. The Watch covers Kiowa, Bent, Prowers, Baca and eastern Las Animas Counties.

With dry fuels across the area, the conditions can contribute to extreme fire behavior. Outdoor burning is strongly discouraged both days.

A Red Flag Warning is issued when critical fire weather conditions are occurring or expected to occur shortly.

A Fire Weather Watch means that critical fire weather conditions are forecast to occur. In southeast Colorado fire watches are frequently upgraded to warnings.