UPDATE: The Fire Weather Watch has been upgraded to a Red Flad Warning from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday (March 2, 2016). Expect winds 20-30 miles per hour gusting to 45, relative humidity as low as eight percent, and temperatures in the low to mid-70s. These conditions can lead to extreme fire behavior, and all outdoor burning is strongly discouraged. The warning covers all of eastern Colorado.
The National Weather Service has issued a Fire Weather Watch for all of eastern Colorado Wednesday. The watch will be in effect from late morning through the early evening, and could be upgraded to a Red Flag Warning in many areas depending upon the severity of conditions.
Outdoor burning is strongly discouraged due the extreme fire behavior and rapid spread of fire that could occur.
In Kiowa County, northwest winds of 20 to 30 miles per hour are expected, with gusts up to 45 mph. Relative humidity may fall to as low as 9 percent, and highs in the mid-70s are expected. Under such conditions, rapid ignition, growth and spread of fires will be possible.
Temperatures will struggle into the mid-50s Tuesday, then remain in the mid-60s to mid-70s through the weekend under mostly sunny skies. Evening temperatures will be in the low 30s and partly cloudy.