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Warm temperatures, strong winds fuel fire danger across state

13 April 2018, 06:42 | Melissa Porter

Red Flag Warnings Point to High Fire Danger for Parts of New Mexico

High fire danger - 04/11/18

Tonight: It could still be breezy overnight. Take caution to still avoid outdoor burning.

Friday evening's forecast is calling for mostly clear skies, with a low around 37.

Wind gusts of 15 to 25 miles per hour will be common throughout southside Virginia, and into the Piedmont of North Carolina this afternoon.

Several red flag warnings are up across the state the next couple days, meaning no open burning.

The National Interagency Fire Center predicts portions of Arizona will have "above normal" potential for a significant wildfire throughout May and June, when we're hitting the peak of temperatures in the state before monsoon begins and brings rain back to Arizona. Strong-cross winds could cause problems on north-south roads.

Accustomed to wildfires during the fall and spring fire seasons, Chief John Dyehouse of Broadhead Fire Department in Rockcastle County said the conditions can quickly turn small burnings into out-of-control fires.

Unseasonably warm temperatures, low humidity and high winds have triggered extreme fire danger warnings for half of Colorado including the Front Range and the Eastern Plains.

A wind advisory and blowing dust advisory are also in effect for the Valley through until 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Thursday, respectively. We have chances for mountain snow Thursday and Friday, along with a slight chance for some rain/snow in the lower elevations Friday.

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