Red flag warning in place again
For the third straight day, most of Colorado is under a red flag warning, with weather forecasters cautioning that gusty winds, low humidity and dry fuels have created prime wildfire conditions.
The red flag warning is in effect until this evening for virtually all of western and southern Colorado, including the Grand Valley. Winds are expected to gust up to 35 mph and humidity will range from 10 to 15 mph, according to the National Weather Service in Grand Junction. A wind advisory also is in effect for much of western Colorado and eastern Utah until this evening.
Forecasters say motorists should expect sudden strong crosswinds this afternoon, especially along Interstate 70 from Green River, Utah, to Fruita and U.S. Highway 40 from Vernal, Utah, to Hayden.
Grand Junction’s high temperature is expected to reach 99 degrees today. Highs will remain in the low- to mid-90s through the middle of next week, with no precipitation in sight.