Summit County faces dangerous fire conditions this weekend

Caddie Nath
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Days without rain, falling humidity levels and wind are combining this weekend to create high-risk conditions for wildfires.

Summit County and most of western Colorado will be under a red flag warning, indicating ideal weather to support a fast-moving fire, until this evening as humidity levels and dew point fall to the mid-teens and low 20s.

Winds are expected to pick up today, gusting up to 45 mph, and continue into Monday.

“We’re going to dry out and heat up,” National Weather Service meteorologist Kyle Fredin said Saturday. He called the winds a “huge drying effect.”

The fire danger in Summit County is currently rated as “very high” and, with some exceptions, open fires and fireworks are banned county and statewide.

The next chance for moisture in Summit County is Thursday, according to NWS forecasts.

High temperatures are expected to remain in the low 70s today and into the first half of the week, sinking to the low 40s at night.

Sunny skies and starry nights are in the forecast through Wednesday and humidity levels will likely stay low during the day.

“We’re looking to be pretty dry here for the next four to six days,” Fredin said.

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