Jun 21, 2013 10:48 AM by Stephen Bowers
The enhanced fire danger persists today across parts of Southern Colorado. A Red Flag Warning remains in effect for El Paso, Pueblo, Fremont, Teller, Huerfano, Custer, and western Las Animas Counties. A Red Flag Warning means weather conditions are such that fires can be ignited easily and spread out of control very quickly. Fire danger is high in the Plains, too, even though the worst conditions are within the Red Flag Warning.
Not only does weather favor easy ignition and spreading of fires, weather will not be much help for at least a week in fighting the fires currently burning. Expect hot and windy afternoons with no appreciable chance for rain until the end of next week. Even at the end of next week, however, confidence is not high right now that rain will fall where it is needed.
This afternoon's temperatures will be in the lower 90's around Colorado Springs with mid-to-upper 80's higher on the Palmer Divide and in Teller County. Pueblo will warm to near 100, and areas up the Arkansas Valley toward Cañon City will be only slightly cooler, while areas down the Arkansas Valley toward La Junta and Lamar will be over 100. Smoke will be noticeable at times throughout the area today and could even limit visibility on some roads near the fires. The wind will pick up this afternoon and could blow more dust around and increase the probability for dust devils. The wind will also help fan the fires, helping them to spread quickly.