According to Accuweather, a red flag warning is in effect from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. May 20 for gusty winds, low relative humidity, dry fuels and a cold frontal passage for fire weather zones 207, 294, 295 and 491. The National Weather Service in Grand Junction has issued a Red Flag Warning for gusty winds, low relative humidity and dry fuels, which is in effect from 8 AM this morning to 9 PM MDT this evening.
Winds will be southwest 15 to 25 mph with gusts 35 to 45 mph. Winds will turn west then northwest with the cold frontal passage with a continued threat of gusts over 25 mph through the afternoon.
Relative humidity will be 14 to 19 percent.
Conditions will become favorable for easy ignition and rapid spread of fires due to low relative humidity and strong gusty winds. A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will shortly. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior.