A FLASH FLOOD WATCH remains in effect for all of southern Colorado throughout our evening and overnight on Tuesday. Storms will continue to be an issue, capable of producing heavy rain with very slow movement. Storms look to mainly favor north and east of areas like Colorado Springs and the Waldo Canyon area, but storms cannot be ruled out still in this area. The 11 Breaking Weather team will be monitoring conditions closely. This Flash Flood Watch remains in effect through 6pm Wednesday, where another day of thunderstorms is possible. Head to the KKTV 11 Weather Tab for more information on the forecast for Wednesday and beyond.
Governor Owens is authorizing 5.8 million dollars in federal funds to cover potential wildland firefighting costs in Colorado.
The funds will come from the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003.
Owens made the announcement this morning at Centennial Airport during an annual briefing on firefighting efforts.
The cost of the Picnic Rock wildfire west of Fort Collins rose to two-point-eight million dollars yesterday. An Emergency Fire
Fund set up to help battle such blazes had only 335-thousanddollars in it.
The fire has grown to 89-hundred acres, but is estimated to be 95 percent contained.
Full containment is expected sometime today.