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Red Flag Warning for most of Colorado highlights extreme fire danger

Friday, February 6th, 2009 9:15am MDT
The entire eastern half of Colorado is under a Red Flag Warning through Friday evening.

The entire eastern half of Colorado is under a Red Flag Warning through Friday evening.

The National Weather Service has updated the Red Flag Warning and it will now go into effect at 9:00am today and run through 9:00pm.  Further, the warning now covers the entire eastern half of the state of Colorado and in fact extends to the south and east into parts of Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico.  This of course covers the entire Denver metro area and the Front Range. 

The extension and widening of the warning should serve to really drive home how dry things are and how serious the fire conditions are.  Please be sure to take appropriate precautions as we certainly would like to avoid any wildfires.

RED FLAG WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DENVER CO
456 AM MST FRI FEB 6 2009

…Dry and windy conditions across the plains and lower foothills today…

Very dry air will combine with strong winds to produce increased fire danger over the foothills and plains of northeast Colorado today. Winds will gust as high as 40 mph on the plains this afternoon with gusts to 50 mph in the foothills. Minimum humidities will range from 10 to 15 percent. Conditions will improve on the plains around sunset…with warm and breezy conditions lingering in and near the foothills through the early evening hours.

…Red Flag Warning now in effect from 9 am this morning to 9 pm mst this evening for gusty winds and low humidities…

The Red Flag Warning is now in effect from 9 am this morning to 9 pm mst this evening. A Red Flag Warning is now in effect for all of the plains and foothills areas of eastern Colorado… Including fire weather zones 235…236…and 238 through 251.

West winds of 20 to 35 mph will become widespread in and near the southern Front Range foothills this morning…and spread across the plains by afternoon. Gusts as high as 50 mph are possible in the foothills. Relative humidities will drop into the 8 to 15 percent range. The combination of the gusty winds…low humidities and dry fuels will create very high fire danger. The gusty winds will decrease and the relative humidities will increase this evening.

A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring or imminent. Please advise the appropriate officials and fire crews in the field of this Red Flag Warning.

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