Wind gusts, dry air combine for critical fire danger
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Winds gusting up to 30 mph and dry air have prompted the National Weather Service to issue a red flag fire warning for most of Colorado’s north-central mountains, including Summit,Clear Creek and Gilpin counties and extending east to parts of Boulder County.
The weather creates a potential for any small fire or ignition to grow quickly. High-base thunderclouds developing over Summit County could also produce lightning with no rain, increasing concerns about fire ignition.
The winds are ahead of an approaching cold front out of the northwest. the warning is effect until 9 p.m. when passage of the front should lead to decreasing winds.
Afternoon highs in Frisco reached the mid-70s and above-average temperatures were recorded across the mountains and West Slope.
The weekend will bring continued hot and dry weather to the region and even hotter conditions to the desert Southwest, where triple-digit readings are expected in the Lower Colorado River Valley and parts of Southern Arizona and New Mexico.