Recent fires in southern Colorado caught many residents off-guard, partly because the fires came without a Red Flag Warning for extreme fire danger.
Yesterday's fires in Woodland Park and Rainbow Falls combined to burn five acres. The U.S. Forest Service says fire danger in southern Colorado is high to very high due to the warm, dry weather. But the National Weather Service says even though it was dry and windy on Sunday, the criteria for a Red Flag Warning wasn't met.
Tom Magnuson of the National Weather Service says, "A Red Flag Warning... You have to meet certain criteria before you issue it. You have to have winds of 25 miles per hour or higher, you have to have relative humidities below 15 percent, you have to have an atmosphere that helps the fire get ventilated and grow, and you also have to have critical fuels, which we didn't have on Sunday."
Magnuson adds that fires can still spread without a Red Flag Warning...
And people need to be careful in the outdoors.