Red flag fire warning for El Paso County, dry conditions all week

By Andrea Sinclair Published: June 19, 2013 | 2:15 pm 0

A red flag fire warning will be in effect from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday along the Interstate 25 corridor, including areas of El Paso, Pueblo, Huerfano, Las Animas and Fremont counties, according to the National Weather Service.

"The red flag area actually runs all the way to the Colorado-Utah border, and beyond," meteorologist Kathy Torgerson said. "It covers nearly four entire states."

Torgerson said dry, windy conditions are expected for the rest of the week, with temperatures in the low to mid 90s in Colorado Springs and El Paso County until Sunday, when a slight drop to the mid 80s may occur.

Low-level moisture lingered in Colorado Springs Wednesday morning after Tuesday's thunderstorms, with the relative humidity at 84 percent near the Colorado Springs Airport. The weather service predicted winds blowing in from the southwest up to 30 mph to dramatically drop the humidity to 10 percent by Wednesday afternoon.

"Westerly winds have a very easy time drying out any fuels, making them receptive to fire conditions," Torgerson said.

Tuesday's thunderstorms brought minimal precipitation to the area, which Torgerson said fortunately missed the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest burn scars.

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