The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for Larimer County at elevations between 6000 and 9000 feet beginning at 10:00 AM tomorrow, Thursday 11/18/2021 until 5:00 AM Friday, 11/19/2021 due to low relative humidity, warm temperatures, and wind.
Winds are expected to be SW 10-15 mph with gusts up to 40 mph and relative humidity will be as low as 5-10%.
Any fire that starts will have the potential to spread rapidly. Extreme fire behavior will be possible.
Also be aware that there is an ongoing wildfire south of Estes Park, the Kruger Fire, that is 147 acres as of this Community Alert. While Kruger is currently no threat to the greater Rist Canyon and Buckhorn Canyon communities, you may see plumes of smoke to the south or smell smoke in the air. With winds increasing tomorrow, this will be even more likely.
Jeff Elsner, Chief
Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department