Crews fight 5 wind-swept wildfires in Colorado

Crews fight 5 wind-swept wildfires in Colorado

Officials say two people have died in the fires there and nine others have been injured. The Ute Mountain Ute and Lewis-Arriola fire departments also responded.

Similar weather conditions will exist on Monday. The advisory is in effect from 8 a.m. Monday, April 16 to 3 a.m. Tuesday, April 17.

The Storm Prediction Center says gusty winds and low humidity in drought-stricken areas will create risky fire conditions in parts of Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

Temperatures will drop slightly Monday night with a high of 62 degrees forecast for Tuesday.

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Mesa County Public Health has issued an Open Burn Ban for Monday, due to high winds and dry conditions. Relative humidity will be between 5-10%.

The service said critical to extreme fire weather conditions will develop throughout the Denver metro area, Palmer Divide, South Park, southern Foothills and the east central and southeast Plains, and that new fires can start and rapidly grow. Outdoor burning is not permitted.

Snow is expected in the mountains Tuesday afternoon into the early evening accompanied by gusty winds. The wind will be from the west-southwest 20 - 35 miles per hour. The strong, gusty winds and low humidity will continue into Tuesday for numerous areas. We should see mainly areas of rain and even a few thunderstorms on Friday with gusty winds at times.

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