Dangerous fire conditions in place again today
A second straight day of hot, windy weather in the Grand Valley has created ripe fire conditions.
More than half of the state of Colorado, including Mesa County, is under a red flag warning today until 8 p.m. Meanwhile, a fire weather watch is in effect for Grand Junction and other areas until Thursday afternoon.
Forecasters with the National Weather Service say southwest winds will remain gusty — possibly as high as 40 mph — through early this evening as a weak cold front passes through the area. Winds are expected to decrease Wednesday, then pick up again Thursday.
A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will shortly. A fire weather watch means that critical fire weather conditions are forecast to occur.
Grand Junction’s high temperature is expected to remain in the mid- to upper-90s through at least Thursday.
Meanwhile, several wildfires have broken out on the Front Range today, including one that is forcing the evacuation of the south side of the Royal Gorge Park near Canon City.