Our warm and windy weather brought many southern Coloradans outside this afternoon. It also bought fire fighters out to at least two grass fires just east of Colorado Springs. Both fires were extinguished quickly, but the U.S. Forest Service says conditions are ripe for more fires in the area. In fact, the National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning for almost all of southern Colorado below nine thousand feet.
The warning is in effect until eight o'clock tonight. The U.S. Forest Service is still cautioning people to watch their fires even after the Red Flag Warning expires. "A fire will sustain and continue to run, particularly in the lower country here. And if we keep up with these higher winds and the low humidities, the fire danger will increase up higher," said Mike Kerrigan, Fire Management Officer with the U.S. Forest Service.
Conditions are especially dry in southern El Paso county.
Fort Carson, for example, stands at only three-hundredths of an inch of precipitation for the month of March.