Strong winds prompt fire concerns

DENVER -  A strong jet stream approaching Colorado from the west will be to blame for the windy weather on Monday. Driving could be difficult at times in the mountains and fire danger will be high for eastern Colorado. 

Over the Front Range, those strong winds will dry out fuels and make it easy for a fire to grow if one was started. A red flag warning will be in effect from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. for eastern Colorado. Humidity will be as low as 20 percent and gusts could get to 45 mph. Outdoor burning is not encouraged or any activity that could cause a spark and fire.

Through Monday afternoon, a high wind warning will be in effect for the Continental Divide and the higher peaks of the Front Range Mountains, winds will gust upwards of 85 mph.

Temperatures for Monday will be in the upper 70s, then 50s and 60s for the middle of the week with a chance for showers. The forecast warms up again as we approach the weekend. 

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