A brush fire broke out yesterday in Colorado Springs, CO after a very dry and windy day. Unfortunately, those fire concerns look to be increasing today.
Fire danger is high once again across parts of the four corners including in Colorado Springs, CO where this mulch fire won't be extinguished until at least tomorrow. Stay Weather Aware! #CoWx pic.twitter.com/0JqcTxasMk
— WeatherNation (@WeatherNation) March 4, 2018
With the fire concerns again today, Red Flag Warnings and Fire Weather Watches are in place for many locations across the Four Corners and Southern Plains.
These watches are warnings are also in affects for many locations that are going through severe to extreme droughts. These means there are plenty of dry fuels in place for a fire to work with.
Not only is the air extremely dry with dry fuels, but the winds are picking up. Winds across the region will be sustained around 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 60 mph.
Winds will continue to be gusty into Monday causing issues on the roadways and enhancing fire concerns.
When it comes to outdoor burning, hold off if possible today and even Monday. Even cigarette buds need to be carefully disposed of. One very small, little spark can turn into a blazing fire very quickly due to all the conditions that are in place.
The recent stretch of fire weather concerns will peak today as winds accelerate, especially from the central valley eastward where there will be very low humidity and an unstable atmosphere. Blowing dust will also restrict visibility in many lower elevation locations. #nmwx pic.twitter.com/B8GHo3gqZu
— NWS Albuquerque (@NWSAlbuquerque) March 4, 2018
For WeatherNation, Meteorologist Kate Mantych