DENVER (CBS4) – Our little March heat wave is creating dangerous conditions for the threat of wildfires sparking up. The combination of near record temperatures, extremely low relative humidity and lots of dry vegetation are all adding up to the higher fire danger.
An overnight wilfire in Boulder prompted the evacuation of over 1,000 homes early Sunday morning.
Denver’s high on Sunday made it to 80 degrees! One degree away from the record of 81 set in 1907.
Temperatures will be very warm again on Monday. Monday’s record high is 80 degrees also, set in 1907. There is a Fire Weather Watch for extreme eastern Colorado from Flagler to Burlington down to Cheyenne Wells.
There will be a cold front that pushes into our area late in the day on Monday. This may give the Front Range, mountains and eastern plains a chance for a few rain showers Monday night and again on Tuesday.
There is a better chance of measurable rain showing up on the extended charts for Thursday into Friday. That should be a huge help in slowing down our ever worsening fire danger.