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Fire Danger To Increase Ahead Of Weekend Storm

Gusty Winds Expected Friday & Saturday
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Chris Spears By Chris Spears
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DENVER (CBS4) – Hold onto your hats! It will turn quite windy Friday and Saturday across Colorado as a spring storm approaches the state.

At times, the winds could gust to 40 mph or higher, especially during the afternoon hours on Saturday. In addition to the wind, the relative humidity will be as low of 5 to 15 percent.

RELATED: Wildfire Resources

This is not good news for portions of southern and western Colorado, which are suffering from extremely dry conditions, making them prone to rapidly growing fires.

WATCHES, WARNINGS

Red flag warnings are in place through sunset Friday across portions of the western slope, the San Luis Valley, and along the foothills around and south of Colorado Springs.

A fire weather watch covers much of southeast Colorado for Saturday because conditions could become favorable for any fires that develop to spread quickly.

DROUGHT

Extreme to exceptional drought conditions continue to grip the Arkansas River Valley in southeast Colorado.

Much of western and southwest Colorado remain abnormally dry, as well as portions of the eastern and northeast plains.

The approaching weekend storm will bring some beneficial moisture.

Right now it looks like the southwest mountains, the north-central mountains and portions of the northeast plains stand to see the most rain and snow.

The latest drought conditions across Colorado. (credit: US Drought Monitor)

The latest drought conditions across Colorado. (credit: US Drought Monitor)

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