The first Red Flag Warning for the Western Slope issued

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- The first Red Flag Warning for the Western Slope, this year, has been issued.

The advisory was issued by the National Weather Service for Friday because of the fire weather concerns due to low humidity, warm temperatures and strong winds.

"We're under the influence of a strong trough of low pressure coming in from the Pacific Northwest. With that system, we are looking at an approaching front into the area so we're looking at just some pretty gusty, pre-frontal winds and once that system moves through later on tomorrow, and into this weekend, we're looking at those winds decreasing," said Megan Stackhouse, Meteorologist at the National Weather Service.

These conditions make it very easy for a fire to start and to spread. The Grand Junction Fire Department has some tips on how to avoid starting a blaze.

"So you want to avoid fire, if you're a smoker, make sure that you're discarding your cigarettes into a canister of some kind, not out your window. Avoid working with hot machinery outside," said Ellis Thompson-Ellis, Grand Junction Fire Department Community Outreach Specialist.

Last year, multiple Red Flag Warnings were in place by this time. Grand Junction Fire Department wants to remind the community to always be cautious despite the wet winter and spring the Grand Valley has seen.

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