High Winds and Extreme Fire Danger for Eastern Colorado Today

A fast-moving trough of low pressure and dry cold front moving across Colorado today are resulting in fire strong downslope winds, and also extreme fire danger on the plains and I-25 corridor given the dry fuels and low relative humidity.  A couple of fires have already started in Douglas County this morning, which unfortunately includes a multi-structure fire in the Castle Rock area per South Metro Fire on a recent twitter post.  Firefighters are having to battle high winds as they fight this fire.  Below is today’s forecast from the National Interagency Fire Center, which outlines very high to extreme fire danger across much of Eastern Colorado.  Winds today will be gusting to 60mph or higher across much of eastern (and especially southeastern) Colorado, before decreasing tonight.  A wind shift from southwest to northwest this afternoon could result in challenging fire behavior with any ongoing fires.  Fortunately winds are expected to be much lighter on Wednesday, with the potential for significant moisture across portions of Eastern Colorado on Friday and Saturday.




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