Dry and windy conditions in the Denver metro Sunday made for dangerous fire weather, forecasters warned.
The National Weather Service at Boulder issued red flag warnings for the city and its surrounding suburbs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, warning that any outdoor fires could spread quickly. Residents should avoid burning outside or making any sparks, the weather service warned.
The metro area will see sunny skies and warm temperatures Sunday, with highs in the upper 50s. The warm weather coupled with windy conditions — gusts up to 38 mph are expected — prompted the red flag warning, according to the weather service.
“Over much of northeastern Colorado, current or recent snow cover will limit fire spread,” the warning reads. “However, areas south of Limon and the Denver-Boulder area have drier grasses and will also have the stronger winds and lower humidities, so a red flag warning has been issued for those areas.”
While Denver sees warm and dry weather, some parts of the mountains will get blowing snow Sunday, according to the weather service. Mountains near Estes Park and to the north and west of the town will likely see blowing snow, making travel difficult, according to the weather service.
Those impacts are not expected along Interstate 70 east of Vail.
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