El Paso County under Red Flag Warning

June 3, 2014

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for El Paso County and surrounding areas for June 3, 2014 beginning at 11:00 a.m. Be vigilant. Be responsible. Fire safety is everyones' responsibility. Remember, open burning is not allowed on Red Flag days.

Message from the National Weather Service:

Red Flag Warning

URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PUEBLO CO 313 AM MDT TUE JUN 3 2014 ...A RED FLAG WARNING HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR STRONG WINDS...LOW HUMIDITIES AND HOT TEMPERATURES...FOR TUESDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING...

FOR FIRE WEATHER ZONES 226 THROUGH 237...WHICH INCLUDES ALL OF THE SOUTHEAST COLORADO PLAINS... COZ226>237-040115- /O.CON.KPUB.FW.W.0026.140603T1700Z-140604T0200Z/ NORTHERN EL PASO COUNTY-SOUTHERN EL PASO COUNTY-PUEBLO COUNTY- HUERFANO COUNTY-WESTERN LAS ANIMAS COUNTY-CROWLEY COUNTY- OTERO COUNTY-EASTERN LAS ANIMAS COUNTY-KIOWA COUNTY-BENT COUNTY- PROWERS COUNTY-BACA COUNTY- 313 AM MDT TUE JUN 3 2014 ...

RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO 8 PM MDT THIS EVENING FOR STRONG WINDS...LOW HUMIDITIES AND HIGH TEMPERATURES FOR FIRE WEATHER ZONES 226 THROUGH 237... * AFFECTED AREA...FIRE WEATHER ZONES 226...227...228...229... 230...231...232...233...234...235...236 AND 237.

* WINDS...SOUTHWEST 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 45 MPH. * TIMING...TUESDAY AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING. * RELATIVE HUMIDITY...AS LOW AS 8 PERCENT. * TEMPERATURES...IN THE 90S. *

IMPACTS...EXTREME FIRE BEHAVIOR WILL BE POSSIBLE IF A FIRE STARTS. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EITHER OCCURRING NOW...OR WILL SHORTLY. A COMBINATION OF STRONG WINDS...LOW HUMIDITIES...AND HIGH TEMPERATURES CAN CONTRIBUTE TO EXTREME FIRE BEHAVIOR.