Weather Service issues red flag warning for Western Colorado ahead of mid-week cold front |

Weather Service issues red flag warning for Western Colorado ahead of mid-week cold front

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction is warning that gusty winds and low relative humidity will increase the chances of wildfires in Western Colorado on Tuesday.

Western Colorado, including Routt County, will be under a red flag warning from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday.

The forecast calls for possible wind gusts of 45 to 55 miles per hour on Tuesday afternoon ahead of an approaching cold front.

Fire starts will be “difficult if not impossible to control” on Tuesday, according to the forecast.

Weather Service meteorologist Joe Ramey said he recently talked to a fire fuel specialist in the Bureau of Land Management office in Craig about fire conditions.

“We were told the fuels are critically dry below 8,000 feet,” Ramey said.

There are chances of rain and snow in Steamboat Springs on Tuesday night, Wednesday and Thursday.

Tuesday’s low temperature is predicted to be 29 degrees.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210, email or follow him on Twitter @ScottFranz10

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