A FLASH FLOOD WATCH will go into effect this afternoon for most of Southern Colorado. Daytime heating and moisture will combine with a disturbance moving through Colorado to develop numerous thunderstorms. Any one of them will be more than capable of producing very heavy rain. Burn scars and areas that have seen recent heavy rain will be under the greatest risk for flash flooding. This FLASH FLOOD WATCH will remain in effect through 6pm Wednesday. The 11 Breaking Weather Team will be tracking this threat closely for you the next two days.
A state charge has been filed against the former U.S. Forest Service worker who admitted starting Colorado's worst-ever wildfire.
A charge of fourth-degree arson was filed Wednesday against Terry Lynn Barton in Teller County District Court. The charge covers damage done to private property by the 137,000 acre Hayman wildfire. It destroyed 133 homes and one business this summer.
Last week, Barton pleaded guilty to federal charges for setting fire to federal forest land and lying to investigators. The plea calls for a 6-year prison term. On state charges, Barton faces up to 12 years in jail.
Barton is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 6.