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Wind, fire danger returns Sunday for 45 Colorado counties

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Chris Sorensen

For a second day, the National Weather Service is issuing alerts for fire risk in Colorado. Red flag warnings for high fire danger will be in place Sunday for all or parts of 45 counties across the state until 9:00 p.m.

High temperatures for eastern Colorado are predicted to be in the 90s for most areas, with 100 expected for parts of Otero, Bent and Prowers counties.

Across most of the eastern plains, along with the central and southern mountains, watch for southwest wind in the 25-35 mile per hour range. Gusts up to 45 mph for northeast counties and 55 mph in the southeast are predicted. Relative humidity is expected to drop below 10 percent.

In addition to the red flag warning, a high wind warning will be in effect for Kiowa, Cheyenne, Kit Carson, and Yuma counties. Sustained south winds in the 35-45 range are expected, with potential for gusts to 60 mph.

For the western half of Colorado, high temperatures will mainly be in the 70s, with a few areas of low 80. Southwest winds in the 25-35 range are predicted, with gusts up to 55 mph possible. Relative humidity will be around 10-15 percent.

Wind gusts to 50 mph are also possible for Moffat, Rio Blanco and Routt counties, though fire risk is lower.

A fire weather watch is in effect for most of southeast Colorado Monday.

Outdoor burning and other activities that could spark a fire are strongly discouraged.