Fire weather watch for Washington County

WASHINGTON COUNTY – The National Weather Service has issued a “Fire Weather Watch” for Washington County. This is a “critical fire conditions” alert that is in effect from 1-10 p.m. Thursday for wind and relative low humidity.

Dots denote affected area at radar time 9:45 a.m., Washington County, Utah, June 8, 2014 | Image courtesy of the National Weather
Dots denote affected area at radar time 10:45 a.m., Washington County, Utah, June 8, 2014 | Image courtesy of the National Weather

Affected area

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

Winds

Southwest winds 15-20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph will develop Sunday afternoon and continue into the evening.

Relative humidity

Relative humidity values between 3 and 7 percent Tuesday afternoon and evening.

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 Fire Weather Watch means that there is a potential for critical fire weather conditions. Continue to monitor for the latest forecasts and for possible red flag warnings.

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