Cooler Weather To Tamp Down Fire Threat For Eastern Plains

Calmer weather will soon reduce the elevated fire threat in southeast Colorado.

Meteorologist Scott Entrekin says strong winds and unusually warm temperatures are creating dangerous fire conditions on the Eastern Plains.

"It doesn’t take long to dry out," he said. "We’ve had a couple weeks since our last snow, then of course we’ve got really warm temperatures."

Strong winds today with gusts 50-75 mph common, near 100 mph above timberline. #cowx

But a change is coming.

"The biggest impact is going to be today, tonight and through Friday morning," Entrekin said. "Then things will kind of not be so windy, and cooler for the weekend."

Near record temperatures around Denver will be getting cooler too. Temperatures will be dropping through the weekend and another cold front arrives on Monday.