Fire Weather Watch issued February 24 at 3:25PM MST expiring February 26 at 6:00PM MST in effect for: Alamosa, Baca, Bent, Costilla, Custer, Fremont, Huerfano, Kiowa, Las Animas, Prowers, Pueblo, Saguache
Fire Weather Watch issued February 24 at 1:55PM MST expiring February 26 at 6:00PM MST in effect for: Cheyenne, Kit Carson
Much of Lincoln County is also experiencing severe drought conditions.
And in Colorado’s southeastern-most county, Baca County, the gamut of drought conditions is present: The western half of the county is abnormally dry, but as one goes into the southeastern portions of the county, conditions go to moderate, severe and extreme drought.
This comes as Denver and much of the Eastern Plains prepares for another dry week, with no rain forecast and temperatures expected to reach the 70s and 80s during the day.
The monitor estimates 3.6 million people in Colorado are under drought conditions.
A year ago, 86 percent of the state was experiencing no drought conditions.
In 2013, heavy rain along the Front Range combined with rain in northeastern Colorado led to heavy and devastating flash flooding along the Front Range from Greeley south, resulting in millions of dollars in damage.
All week, the National Weather Service and Colorado agencies are working to heighten awareness for fires and flooding across the state with Flood Safety and Wildfire Awareness Week. It is putting information online and teaching seminars about flood and fire insurance, red flag warnings, flood and fire weather watches and warnings, and other topics.