Red flag warning for El Paso County, southern Colorado

March 26, 2014 Updated: March 26, 2014 at 8:44 am

A red flag warning will be in effect from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, as the National Weather Service warned that gusty winds and low humidity will ripen conditions for extreme fire weather in El Paso and Fremont counties, as well as most of southern Colorado.

Wind gusts up to 35 mph, along with relative humidity readings as low as 12 percent and temperatures possibly climbing up to 70 degrees in the southern part of the state, could make any fire spread quickly, according to the weather service.

"Critical fire weather conditions are expected to develop from late morning into the evening over the Interstate 25 corridor, the southeastern Colorado plains and Fremont County as a result of strong west to souhtwest winds, combined with humidity values near or below 15 percent," a statement from the weather service said.

Southern El Paso, Fremont, Pueblo, eastern Huerfano, central and eastern Las Animas, Crowley, Otero, Kiowa, Bent, Prowers and Baca counties will all be in the red flag warning area.

Areas of blowing dust could also be possible Wednesday afternoon and into the evening for portions of the I-25 corridor, the southeastern plains and part of the San Luis Valley, the weather service said.

A high of 69 degrees for Colorado Springs with wind gusts up to 30 mph could be expected Wednesday, dropping to an overnight low of 37 degrees, according to the weather service.

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