Red flag warning for Monday in south, east Colorado

March 17, 2014 Updated: March 17, 2014 at 9:55 am

A red flag warning will be in effect for El Paso and Fremont counties, the Interstate 25 corridor and the eastern plains from late Monday morning to the evening due to dry conditions and gusty winds, according to the National Weather Service.

The warning will go into effect at 11 a.m. and remain active until 8 p.m., meteorologist Kyle Mozley said.

Low humidities and dry fuels in areas including El Paso, Fremont, Pueblo, Huerfano, western Las Animas, Crowley, Otero, Kiowa, Bent, Prowers and Baca counties could contribute to extreme fire behavior if a blaze starts, the weather service said.

Relative humidity readings could be as low as 9 percent for much of Colorado with winds gusting up to 40 mph.

Temperatures in El Paso County were predicted to reach as high as 71 degrees Monday. Overnight, a storm system could bring a mix of showers and snow to the Pikes Peak region with a low of 32 degrees, the weather service said.

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