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Critical fire weather leads to Red Flag Warning

Critical fire weather leads to Red Flag Warning

Locally in Seminole on Thursday, patchy blowing dust is anticipated after 1 p.m, otherwise, local residents can anticipate sunny skies with a high near 92. We have Red Flag Warnings in effect from 11 a.m.to 9 p.m. across all of southern Colorado. It includes Wickenburg, much of western, northern and central Phoenix, Interstate 10 from Phoenix westward and Interstate 17 from Phoenix northward.

"Caution! Critical fire danger will develop across the Front Range Foothills, Park County, and all of the plains today as near record warmth combines with gusty winds and very low humidity", the weather service warns. NWS said it's a bad day for travel across eastern Arizona.

Peak fire season does not start until June, so expert said there's plenty of time to get soaking rains and improve the outlook.

Extended: Temperatures will still be above-average tomorrow, and we'll have EXTREME FIRE DANGER.

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Strong southwest wind gusts in the 35-45 miles per hour range combined with low relative humidity values will create an enhanced wildfire risk Thursday afternoon and Friday.

Several red flag warnings are up across the state the next couple days, meaning no open burning.

Another weak weather system is expected to mainly pass to the north late Monday and Tuesday next week, allowing for the return of windy conditions and another drop in temperatures ino the middle of the week.