SOUTHERN UTAH – The National Weather Service has issued a “Fire Weather Watch” for the Mojave Desert and Grand Staircase areas of Washington and Kane Counties. The alert is in effect for Saturday afternoon through evening for wind and relative low humidity.
Affected area: Fire Weather Zones 497 and 498 Mojave Desert and Grand Staircase(see map insert).
Winds: Southwest winds of 15-25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph.
Relative Humidity: Decreasing to below 10 percent.
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 Fire Weather Watch means that there is a potential for critical fire weather conditions. Continue to monitor for the latest forecasts and possible “Red Flag Warning.”
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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