Weather conditions will gradually improve for firefighters battling the Cold Springs Fire in Colorado later this week.
The Cold Springs Fire began near Nederland, Colorado, on Saturday after a campfire was improperly extinguished, according to the Boulder County Sheriff's Office. The fire has since grown to over 500 acres, aided by strong, shifting winds.
Nederland lies about 15 miles west of Boulder, Colorado.
Thousands of people have been evacuated and several homes have been burned since the fire began, according to CBS Denver.
The fire remained zero percent contained as of early Tuesday morning, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.
Fortunately for firefighting efforts, the blustery conditions that caused the fire to grow are expected to diminish this week.
"While some gusty winds are expected near the Cold Springs Fire through Tuesday afternoon, there will be a bit of a decrease in wind speeds Wednesday through the rest of the week," according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Brandon Zapolski.
The system that drove the gusty winds on Monday will pull away from Colorado throughout the week.
Zapolski added that there could be spotty thunderstorm activity over the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday, which could disrupt firefighting efforts for a time.
More widespread thunderstorms are expected by Thursday and Friday.
"Any precipitation that reaches the ground will be very beneficial in mitigating dry fuel for fires to feed on," Zapolski stated.
Residents and visitors are reminded to use care when dealing with campfires, cigarettes and matches.