Red Flag Warning for Washington County; fire weather

WASHINGTON COUNTY – The National Weather Service has issued a “Red Flag Warning” for Washington County. The alert is in effect Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. for wind and relative low humidity.

Dots denote affected area at radar time 3:15 p.m., Washington County, Utah, May 26, 2014 | Image courtesy of the National Weather
Dots denote affected area at radar time 3:15 p.m., Washington County, Utah, May 26, 2014 | Image courtesy of the National Weather

Affected area

Fire Weather Zones 497 – Mojave Desert (see map insert).

Winds

South southwest winds will increase to 15-25 mph with gusts over 30 mph.

Relative humidity

Single digits will prevail through the period.

Impacts

The combination of strong winds and low relative humidity is expected to create hazardous fire weather conditions where fuels are critically dry.

Precautionary, preparedness actions

A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will shortly. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior.

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