High winds, low humidity prompt red flag warning for Southern Utah

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ST. GEORGE — The National Weather Service in Salt Lake City has issued a red flag warning for wind and low relative humidity for Washington, Iron and Beaver counties and will be in effect until 9 p.m. Thursday.

A red flag warning means 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 reflect regions covered by a red flag warning issued for Aug. 29-30, 2018 | Images courtesy of the National Weather Service, St. George News | Click to enlarge

The affected areas include the Wasatch Mountains, Central Utah West Desert and Color Country West Desert.


Southwest winds are expected to be 10-20 mph, with gusts reaching up to 40 mph.

Relative humidity 

Humidity will be as low as 9 percent.


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

Read more: ‘If it can spark, it can cause a fire’: Tips on preventing human-caused wildfires

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