By Chris Spears

DENVER (CBS4) – We don’t normally think of mid-September as being prime for large wildfires to develop but that will be our reality this week.

With signs of early drought developing along the Front Range we’re worried about the forecast on Tuesday, which includes unseasonably warm temperatures and strong, gusty winds developing ahead of an approaching cold front.

A red flag warning has already been issued for the Front Range Mountains and Foothills along and north of Interstate 70 on Tuesday. It also includes the Palmer Divide between Denver and Colorado Springs. A fire weather watch covers most of the rest of eastern Colorado, including Denver.

Conditions will be prime for any wildfires that start to spread quickly.

Meteorologist Chris Spears travels weekly in the CBS4 Mobile Weather Lab reporting about Colorado’s weather and climate. Check out his bio, connect with him on Facebook or follow him on Twitter @ChrisCBS4.

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