Dangerous fire conditions persist Monday throughout Routt County

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— Steamboat Springs and Routt County remain under a red flag warning today, with officials cautioning that any new fire would spread rapidly in the dry, hot and windy conditions.

Today’s forecast high for the city of Steamboat is 94 degrees. There is a small chance for passing thunderstorms, particularly this afternoon. However, the National Weather Service characterizes the potential storms as “dry thunderstorms,” meaning they’re more likely to produce strong winds and fire-starting lightning strikes than significant rainfall. The red flag warning is in effect until midnight.

Southwest winds of 5 to 15 mph combine with a relative humidity of just 9 to 14 percent to combine for dangerous wildfire conditions.

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