A majority of southwest Colorado will be under a fire weather watch from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday.
The National Weather Service issued the watch due to a low pressure storm that will bring dry and windy conditions to the area, which spreads as far north as Gunnison.
The Durango area can expect 15 to 20 mph winds with gusts up to 35 mph and a relative humidity of roughly 8 percent, according to the NWS. These conditions make existing and new fires harder to control due to extreme rates of speed.
La Plata County has been under stage 1 fire restrictions, which prevent campfires and open burns, since May 1.