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.
The Colorado drought is drying up more than just the forest. It's also drying up people's homes. Firefighters say wooden decks and side paneling are extremely dry and can easily go up in flames if you're not careful with cigarettes or grills.
It's so dry firefighters say there's a 99% chance of embers or sparks igniting another fire. That's up from a normal 20%.
Firefighters say, on Saturday, a turkey roaster sparked a fire on the dry wooden deck at a home in Briargate. The fire quickly spread and destroyed the home.
Jim Schanel with the springs fire department says even a barbecue grill can ignite the wood if you're not careful. Schanel also says that fires have sparked on decks where people put out their cigarettes in outside planters.
Firefighters say pretty much the only thing you can do is be careful grilling and smoking, especially on decks. Put your cigarettes out in a tin can filled with sand, or even better, a glass of water.