Winds, low humidity prompt red flag fire warning for Southern Utah

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ST. GEORGE – The National Weather Service has issued a red flag fire warning for Thursday in parts of Southern Utah.

The warning for wind and low relative humidity conditions will be in effect from noon until midnight Thursday. A red flag warning indicates that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or are imminent. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior.

Affected areas

Shaded areas indicate regions covered by a red flag fire weather warning issued for Thursday, June 21, 2018. | Image courtesy of the National Weather Service, St. George News

Portions of southwestern and Southern Utah, including the areas of the Mojave Desert, Color Country and Grand Staircase, including all of Washington, Iron and Kane counties, and parts of Garfield, Beaver and other counties.

Winds

Southwest gusts of up to 30 mph are expected.

Relative humidity

Thursday afternoon’s relative humidity is expected to be between 3 and 9 percent.

Impacts

Any fires that develop will have the potential to spread rapidly. Outdoor burning is not recommended.

Precautions and preparedness

If you are traveling this weekend or planning to recreate using ATVs or similar vehicles, take the following precautions to avoid starting a wildfire:

  • Avoid driving or parking your vehicle in tall grass.
  • Never throw a lighted cigarette out of a vehicle.
  • When pulling a trailer, attach safety chains securely; loose chains can drag on the pavement and cause sparks, igniting roadside fires.
  • Look behind you before driving away from fire-sensitive locations such as areas with tall grass or campsites to check for signs of a developing fire.
  • Always use a spark arrester on internal combustion engines.

Additional tips can be found here: ‘If it can spark, it can cause a fire’: Tips on preventing human-caused wildfires

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