A FLASH FLOOD WATCH will go into effect at NOON and last through MIDNIGHT from most of Southern Colorado. Scattered afternoon and evening thunderstorms will be more than capable of producing very heavy rain once again. Burn scars and areas that saw heavy rain yesterday will be under the greatest risk for flash flooding. The 11 Breaking Weather Team will be tracking this threat all day for you.
Nearly 100 people who had to evacuate because of the Mauricio Fire, have returned to their homes in Las Animas and Huerfano Counties. Recent snow has helped crews fight the wind-driven fire.
The Huerfano County Sheriff's Office says it is actively seeking criminal charges. It is working with the District Attorney's Office, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, and the U.S. Forest Service. Investigators do know the fire was human caused.
The Mauricio Fire has burned 4,500 acres. Crews have it 40% contained as of Tuesday night, and 87 firefighters are still working the fire lines. The fire has destroyed at least five homes. Wednesday night, the U.S. Forest Service says it will fly a plane over the fire, looking for hot spots using infrared technology.