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.
All mandatory evacuations have been lifted for nearly 3,000 residents threatened by a massive Southern California wildfire.
U.S. Forest Service spokesman Nathan Judy says firefighters have contained 60 percent of the 50-square-mile Powerhouse Fire.
More than 2,000 firefighters have been battling the blaze that began Thursday.
Residents in some rural communities who were evacuated Saturday were allowed to return Monday afternoon. The fire remains active in the northwest, threatening about 275 homes, down from 1,000 earlier in the day.
The fire has destroyed six homes and damaged nine others. Three firefighters have minor injuries.
Judy says firefighters expect cooler temperatures, lighter winds and rising humidity to help them make more progress overnight, and helicopters will continue dropping water.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
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