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Colorado: Are January red flag fire warnings in the mountains part of a new climate reality?

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Click on the map for red flag fire warning details.

*UPDATED: The red flag warning was lifted Thursday (Jan. 24) afternoon as cooler weather moves into the area. Check http://www.crh.noaa.gov/den/ for the latest.

January fire warnings, nearly unprecedented 30 years ago, have become more common the last decade

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY — Illustrating the persistence of extraordinary drought conditions in parts of Colorado, the National Weather Service issued a Red Flag fire warning for the Rocky Mountain foothills west of Denver north to the Wyoming border and encompassing areas that were scorched by last summer’s High Park Fire.

Boulder-based National Weather Service forecaster Mike Baker said the agency decided to post the warning after three wildfires were reported Wednesday (Jan. 24) within the span of an hour. All three fires were above 8.500 feet elevation on the east slope of the mountains along the Front Range, Baker said. Continue reading

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