ST. GEORGE – The National Weather Service has issued a “Red Flag Warning,” in effect from 11 a.m to 10 p.m. today for wind and low relative humidity for the Grand Staircase areas of Washington and Kane Counties.
Affected area: Fire Weather Zone 498 Grand Staircase (see map insert).
Winds: Southwest 15-25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph, developing after 11 a.m. and continuing until 10 p.m. today.
Relative Humidity: As low as 4 percent this afternoon.
Impacts: The combination of strong winds and low relative humidity will 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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