A red flag warning is in effect Tuesday, March 24, 2015, across the Front Range. (Provided by the National Weather Service)WATCH DPTV: Molly Hughes with today’s top stories
All of eastern Colorado is under a red flag warning for “critical” fire danger on Tuesday as windy weather and low humidity is forecast.The warning is in effect through Tuesday evening and stretches into some areas of the Front Range foothills, including the Denver metro area.”Strong winds will develop across northeast Colorado (Tuesday) morning and persist through the afternoon,” the National Weather Service in Boulder says. “Low relative humidities in the teens and dry fuels will further exacerbate the fire danger.”The combination of conditions makes “extreme fire behavior” possible, forecasters say.Fire crews across the state are on high alert, many of them taking to social media to remind the public to use extra caution in wake of the conditions.The Adams County Sheriff’s Office issued a level three burn restriction in unincorporated parts of the county until 6 p.m. when the red flag warning expires. The restriction means all burning in those designated areas is banned.”Our region is prime for fires and many have already occurred,” the Colorado Springs Fire Department said in a tweet.The weather service’s Pueblo office said “any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly.””Outdoor burning is not recommended,” the Pueblo office said.The Douglas County Office of Emergency Management posted a photograph of a helicopter on standby on its Twitter account, saying also that a wildfire fighting crew has been notified of the danger.”We’re preparing, are you?” they said in a tweet.Jesse Paul: 303-954-1733, jpaul@denverpost.com or twitter.com/JesseAPaul – Click Here To Visit Article Source