Drought Monitor: Fort Collins in severe drought

As a wildfire grew and forced evacuations west of Boulder on Sunday, the National Weather Service issued yet another red flag weather warning for the region.
Forecasters cautioned about wind gusts up to 40 mph, relative humidity as low as 8 percent and the chance for rapid ignition of dry vegetation in sections of Larimer and Boulder counties.
Beyond Larimer County and neighboring counties, the eastern half of the state is also dry or in a drought.
As of Sunday afternoon, the wildfire burning near Boulder was about 62 acres with 20 percent containment containment, according to the Boulder Office of Emergency Management.
The Sunshine Fire comes on the heels of multiple fires across Larimer County in March, including two that destroyed homes west of Horsetooth Reservoir and north of Wellington and a third that ballooned to more than 2,000 acres north of Wellington before it was contained.
Fort Collins forecast Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 77.
Winds could gust as high as 18 mph.
Tuesday: A 20 percent chance of showers after noon.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 62.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 61.

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