Gusty winds, low humidity make for high fire danger across Colorado Tuesday

Posted at 11:06 AM, Sep 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-19 13:06:18-04

DENVER – Much of the state is under a Red Flag Warning due to high fire danger Tuesday.

Conditions are very dry around Colorado, with a relative humidity in the 15 to 20 percent range. Combine that with wind gusts between 40 and 60 miles per hour possible and there’s a heightened chance of a fire sparking and quickly growing out of control.

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for the entire eastern half of the state from 11 a.m. through 8 p.m.

A fire that broke out in Summit County on Monday grew slightly to 25 acres overnight. Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue said additional resources were on hand Tuesday to try to keep the Tenderfoot2 Fire away from Dillon’s watershed and other important resources. Officials have not yet identified a cause.

Other large fires in the state include the Pine Tree Fire (4,735 acres, 100 percent contained) near Maybell, the Deep Creek Fire (4,161 acres, 100 percent contained) near Hayden and the Big Red Fire (2,940 acres, 15 percent contained) near the Colorado-Wyoming state line.

RELATED: Map of large wildfires currently burning in Colorado

Another cold front will move into the area by the end of the week, with rain likely in Denver and the eastern plains on Sunday and a chance of snow in the mountains.

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