Dry storms could challenge firefighters today

Thunderstorms that produced lightning and little rain early this morning, combined with another afternoon of hot and dry weather, could spark more fires today and create challenging conditions for firefighters battling the Pine Ridge Fire west of De Beque.

Much of western Colorado, including the Grand Valley, is under a red flag warning until midnight tonight for warm temperatures, gusty winds and low humidity, according to the National Weather Service in Grand Junction.

A thunderstorm pushed through the valley early this morning, dropping just 0.04 inches of rain at Grand Junction Regional Airport and roughly 0.1 inches of rain at a couple locations on the Redlands, forecaster Paul Frisbie said. Another round of isolated to scattered storms is expected today, although most are expected to be dry and are capable of producing wind gusts up to 40 mph, the Weather Service said.

“Any fire ignition will become difficult to control, with very high rates of spread possible,” the Weather Service reported on its website.

Grand Junction’s high is expected to top out at 99 degrees today, and high should remain around 100 each day through early next week.



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