Multiple fire weather advisories issued for Grand Junction

It's hot and getting hotter. This afternoon Grand Junction reached 101. The forecast for Wednesday and Thursday are for afternoon highs of 102 and 104. On Thursday the wind will increase to 15-20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph. Add to that the continued dry conditions and extremely low humidity levels and a random spark could be catastrophic.

The Grand Junction National Weather Service forecast is...

Wednesday, Sunny and hot, with a high near 102. Southeast wind 5 to 15 mph becoming west in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night, Mostly clear, with a low around 67. West wind 5 to 15 mph becoming east southeast after midnight.

Thursday, Sunny and hot, with a high near 104. Breezy, with a southeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west southwest 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph.

A Red Flag Warning was issued in west-central and northwest Colorado at 2 pm this afternoon. The same area is under a Fire Weather Watch for Thursday, June 28th for most of the day. Grand Junction, Fruita, Palisade, De Beque, Parachute, Rifle, and parts of the Grand Valley.

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."

A Fire Weather Watch "means that critical fire weather conditions
are forecast to occur. Listen for later forecasts and possible
Red Flag Warnings."  NWS