Multi-day red flag warning in effect
A multi-day red flag warning is in effect for a large area covering western Colorado and eastern Utah, with gusty winds, hot temperatures, low humidity and dry fuels combining to boost fire danger this week.
The warning is in effect from noon today until 10 p.m. Thursday, as a large area of low pressure along the Pacific Northwest coast will expand inland to the northern Rockies by Wednesday. That will trigger a breakdown in a ridge of high pressure over the central Rockies and bring in stronger winds, according to the National Weather Service in Grand Junction.
Winds today will be out of the southwest at 10 to 15 mph, with gusts up to 30 mph, then increase tomorrow to 15 to 25 mph, with gusts up to 40 mph. Humidity levels will range from 6 to 11 percent, according to the Weather Service.
Grand Junction’s high temperature is expected to reach the low- to mid-90s each day through the weekend, with no rain in the forecast.