Southern California’s wildfire threat continues to be a concern through the end of the weekend and into the beginning part of the workweek. Not only do those in California need to be concerned about the dry conditions, but those in parts of Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska also need to be cautious.
A strong ridge of high pressure continues to overtake the western regions of the country this week, helping to enhance the warm, dry, and windy conditions. Red Flag Warnings just east of Interstate 25 in Colorado are in effect through the evening hours Monday. According to the National Weather Service, winds are expected to increase across Colorado’s Eastern Plains on Monday from the north, gusting up to 40 miles per hour. Along the High Plains of western Kansas and Oklahoma, winds are expected to be slightly less, with gusts up to 35 miles per hour. Although the wind will be slightly less, humidity values in the low teens will not help either location.
It’s important to note that under a Red Flag Warning, fires can start easily. The act of flicking a cigarette butt out the window could innocently enough start a wildfire.