What is a “Red Flag Warning’ in Colorado?

By Jim Lawson on February 26, 2024
What is a "Red Flag Warning' in Colorado?
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What is a “Red Flag Warning’ in Colorado?

A Red Flag Warning means warm temperatures, very low humidity’s, and stronger winds are expected to combine to produce an increased risk of fire danger.

-If you are allowed to burn in your area, all burn barrels must be covered with a weighted metal cover, with holes no larger than 3/4 of an inch.

-Do not throw cigarettes or matches out of a moving vehicle. They may ignite dry grass on the side of the road and become a wildfire.

-Extinguish all outdoor fires properly. Drown fires with plenty of water and stir to make sure everything is cold to the touch. Dunk charcoal in water until cold. Do not throw live charcoal on the ground and leave it.

-Never leave a fire unattended. Sparks or embers can blow into leaves or grass, ignite a fire, and quickly spread.

-Don’t use anything that may cause a spark.

What is a "Red Flag Warning' in Colorado?
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Here is the National Weather Service warning for today:

URGENT – FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE

National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO

1015 AM MST Mon Feb 26, 2024 – Red Flag Warning until 6 p.m. MST

West winds will strengthen Monday, with gusts of 40-50 mph

becoming widespread for the lower elevations. Although some

moderation in humidity levels is anticipated (some warned areas

may bottom out between 15-20%), critical conditions are likely

given the substantial wind speeds.

As we know in Colorado, it only takes one spark to start a devastating fire. Please be safe.

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