Red flag warning issued for eastern Colorado |

Red flag warning issued for eastern Colorado

JEFFERSON, Colo. (AP) – A red flag warning has been issued for much of eastern Colorado as warm, dry weather and gusty winds continue to create hazardous fire conditions.

The National Weather Service said Monday that winds gusting up to 40 miles per hour and low humidity could lead to explosive fire growth.

The warning came as crews fight a wildfire burning on about 125 acres about 100 miles southwest of Denver.

The fire near Kenosha Pass is 10 percent contained and its cause is under investigation.

The weather has also prompted officials to issue a blowing dust advisory for parts of Colorado, including the San Juan Mountains and the San Luis Valley, as well as Arizona and New Mexico. Strong winds could raise particle contamination to unhealthy levels for the elderly and those with respiratory problems.