Fire Weather Watch for Washington County

WASHINGTON COUNTY – The National Weather Service has issued a “Fire Weather Watch” for Washington County. The alert is in effect from 11 a.m., Sunday through 10 p.m., Monday, for wind and relative low humidity.

Dots denote affected area at radar time 2:05 p.m., Washington County, Utah, May 2, 2014 | Image courtesy of the National Weather
Dots denote affected area at radar time 2:05 p.m., Washington County, Utah, May 2, 2014 | Image courtesy of the National Weather

Affected area

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

Winds

South to southwest winds 20-30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph are expected to develop by midday Sunday and continue through the evening. Winds should decrease below critical values Sunday night and Monday morning before increasing again Monday afternoon and evening. Winds will diminish again Monday evening.

Relative humidity

As low as 6 percent Sunday and Monday afternoon and evening. Nighttime relative humidity recovery will be poor.

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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