Extreme drought expanded in southeast Colorado this week - as did severe drought in parts of the area.
High fire danger continues across portions of southern Colorado - and one northeast county - Wednesday.
High fire danger across eastern Colorado Monday is expected to return Tuesday as winds are predicted to gust as high as 60 miles per hour.
The National Weather Service has issued a high wind watch from Logan to Kiowa counties across northeast and east central Colorado from late Monday night through Tuesday afternoon for northwest winds in the 30 to 40 mph range, with gusts to 60 mph possible, as a cold front drops across the region. Drivers of light and high-profile vehicle will find travel difficult.
A fire weather watch originally issued Saturday has become a red flag warning for most of southeast Colorado Monday. Portions of western Colorado have also been placed under a warning. Fire danger and a high wind watch are on tap for Tuesday as well.
After a short reprieve following some rain and snow during the past week, fire danger is again rising for southern Colorado.
Portions of western Colorado saw some improvement in drought conditions while the south-central part of the state saw further expansion of extreme drought conditions over the past week.
Extreme drought expanded into south central Colorado and spread further in the southwest part of the state over the past week.
The first weekend of spring starts off with high fire danger spanning five states, including Colorado.