West U Under ‘Red Flag Warning’ Today, Fire Weather Watch for Wednesday

October 18, 2011

The National Weather Service has issued a “red flag warning” for the entire West U area through 9 p.m. today due to dry and windy conditions.

Additionally, a fire weather watch is in effect for Wednesday.

Winds across the area will shift to the north and northwest as an early morning cold front moves across the area. Winds will increase to 20 – 25 mph with gusts of 30-35 mph.

The north winds will continue at 10 – 25 mph on Wednesday.

Relative humidity values will fall to 25 – 35 percent this afternoon, while Wednesday is expected to be as dry, or even drier, with relative humidity values dropping to 15 – 25 percent.

The combination of dry conditions and brisk winds mean any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly.

Outdoor burn bans remain in effect for all counties in the West U area.

A red flag warning means critical fire weather conditions are either occurring or will occur shortly. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures will create what the National Weather Service describes as “explosive fire growth potential.”

A fire weather warning means that critical fire weather conditions are forecast to occur.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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