Fire Restrictions Likely Returning
With little rain, fire restrictions may be returning in the next few days.
A dry summer is heading into an even drier fall. Most years by now the fire threat begins to diminish. Not this year. There's a small 30% chance of some scattered showers tonight, other than that more dry weather.
Grand Junction NWS 4 day forecast:
Sunny, with a high near 81. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon.
Clear, with a low around 52. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east southeast after midnight.
Sunny, with a high near 84. East southeast wind around 5 mph becoming west northwest in the afternoon.
Clear, with a low around 55. West northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm.
Sunny, with a high near 85.
Mostly clear, with a low around 56.
Sunny, with a high near 86.
The normal summer "monsoon season" never really happened. "We didn't get that monsoon, we only got a couple good pushes so that definitely did have an impact on the fire season,” said Megan Stackhouse, National Weather Service Meteorologist.
With little rain on the way, the fire risk continues. "What we are waiting for is what we would like to call a season-ending event the problem is that we are not seeing that and we don't expect that to happen anytime soon...It appears that we're heading back to restrictions within the next few days,” says Rob Burger, Fire Management Officer, for the Upper Colorado River Interagency and Aviation Management Unit.