Red flag warning in effect for west-central Utah

ST. GEORGE — The National Weather Service in Salt Lake City has issued a red flag warning for the central Utah mountains and the central Utah, west desert regions. These areas should expect thunderstorms and strong winds.

A red flag fire weather warning has been issued for the regions of central Utah west desert and central Utah mountains. The shaded areas on the map depict the warning area, Aug 17, 2016 | Image courtesy National Weather Service, St. George News
A red flag fire weather warning has been issued for the regions of central Utah west desert and central Utah mountains. The shaded areas on the map depict the warning area, Aug 17, 2016 | Image courtesy National Weather Service, St. George News

The red flag warning is currently in effect until 12 a.m. MDT Thursday night.

Affected area

The affected areas for this red flag warning are fire weather zones 492 — central Utah west desert — and fire weather zone 493 — the central Utah mountains.

Scattered, mainly dry thunderstorms are forecast to develop midday Thursday and continue through Thursday evening. A lull in thunderstorm activity is expected between late evening Wednesday and mid-morning Thursday. A lull in activity is expected between late evening Wednesday and mid-morning Thursday.

Outflow winds, with gusts in excess of 40 mph will be possible with the stronger storms

Impacts

Dry lightning and gusty outflow winds in addition to very dry conditions will bring the potential for new fire starts Wednesday and Thursday.

Precautionary – preparedness actions

A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will begin shortly. A combination of dry lightning and gusty winds can contribute to new fire starts and extreme fire behavior.

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