The City of Grand Junction and surrounding areas will be under a Red Flag Warning today Monday, August 7th, from noon until 9 pm. These warnings are based on specific weather conditions, including low humidity, strong winds, and high temperatures, which can create an environment conducive to fire outbreaks. In addition to today’s warning, Mesa County is under Stage 1 fire restrictions to reduce the threat of wildfires.
Red Flag Warnings play a critical role in Western Colorado due to our region's susceptibility to wildfires. With its arid climate, frequent gusty winds, and dry vegetation, the area is highly prone to rapid fire spread. Red Flag Warnings are issued by the National Weather Service to alert residents, firefighters, and land managers about the elevated risk of fire ignition and rapid fire growth.
Red Flag Warnings also play a vital role in safeguarding public safety and protecting valuable natural resources. Wildfires pose significant threats to lives, homes, wildlife habitats, and important ecosystems. When a Red Flag Warning is in effect, residents are encouraged to be vigilant and take precautionary actions to prevent accidental fire starts, such as refraining from outdoor burning and using equipment that may spark.
For more information contact the Community Outreach Office at (970)549-5800 or by email at GJFirePIO@gjcity.org.