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.
Two weeks after roaring to life along the Arizona-New Mexico border, firefighters are finally making some progress against the massive blaze, with 6 percent containment.
The massive wildfire in eastern Arizona has already burned more than 600 square miles. About 30 homes and cabins have been destroyed.
As many as 10,000 people have been forced to evacuate.
It could get worse later today when the wind is expected to pick up considerably, reports CBS News correspondent Bill Whittaker.
Friday night this massive fire did cross the border into western New Mexico. Firefighters are trying to beat this blaze at its own game, trying to fight fire with fire, setting backfires to clear out brush in an attempt to starve the ravenous inferno.
Gusts are expected to return later today, making the job of knocking down the flames all the more urgent.
While residents are anxious to return to their homes, firefighters say it still could be several days before it's safe enough for them to do so.
One big test will be what the winds decide to do today. If they pick up, they could scatter hot embers or change the direction of this fire.
When asked how firefighters remain optimistic in the face of the spreading fire, fire information officer Peter Frenzen said, "I would say it's more realism. Firefighting is one-day-at-a-time based on current conditions. We adapt our tactics to meet the situation at hand. We have plans in place. So these firefighters are out there focused on the immediate situation. "
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