Red Flag Warning in Effect for El Paso County

June 16, 2014

Remain vigilant about fire safety.  You can make a difference.

The National Weather Service in Pueblo has issued a Red Flag Warning for El Paso County until 9:00 p.m. tonight.

Message from the National Weather Service....

URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PUEBLO CO 245 PM MDT MON JUN 16 2014 ...A RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR STRONG WIND GUSTS...LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY AND DRY FUELS...UNTIL 9 PM MDT THIS EVENING...FOR FIRE WEATHER ZONES 226 AND 227...WHICH INCLUDES EL PASO COUNTY... ...A RED FLAG WARNING HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR STRONG WIND GUSTS...LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY AND DRY FUELS...FROM NOON UNTIL 9 PM MDT TUESDAY... FOR FIRE WEATHER ZONES 226 AND 227...WHICH INCLUDES EL PASO COUNTY... COZ226-227-171245- /O.UPG.KPUB.FW.A.0018.140617T1800Z-140618T0300Z/ /O.NEW.KPUB.FW.W.0029.140617T1800Z-140618T0300Z/ /O.CON.KPUB.FW.W.0028.000000T0000Z-140617T0300Z/ NORTHERN EL PASO COUNTY-SOUTHERN EL PASO COUNTY- 245 PM MDT MON JUN 16 2014 ...RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM MDT THIS EVENING FOR GUSTY WINDS...LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY AND DRY FUELS FOR FIRE WEATHER ZONES 226 AND 227... ...RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON TO 9 PM MDT TUESDAY FOR GUSTY WINDS AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY FOR FIRE WEATHER ZONES 226 AND 227... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PUEBLO HAS ISSUED A RED FLAG WARNING FOR GUSTY WINDS AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TO 9 PM MDT TUESDAY. THE FIRE WEATHER WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT. * AFFECTED AREA...FIRE WEATHER ZONES 226 AND 227. * WINDS...SOUTHWEST 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 45 MPH. * RELATIVE HUMIDITY...AS LOW AS 5 PERCENT. * 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 RELATIVE HUMIDITY...AND WARM TEMPERATURES CAN CONTRIBUTE TO EXTREME FIRE BEHAVIOR.