All About Red Flag Warnings
The National Weather Service issues many different alerts to keep people safe. While most people are familiar with alerts such as tornado warnings, severe thunderstorm warnings and high winds. One of the alerts that people are less familiar with is a Red Flag Warning.
What is a Red Flag Warning?
A Red Flag Warning is a forecast warning issued by the NWS that informs the public and firefighters that conditions are ideal for wildland fire combustion and rapid spread.
When are Red Flag Warnings issued?
They are issued when warm temperatures, low humidity, dry fuels and strong winds could combine to produce extreme fire behavior that is currently occurring or will occur in the next 24 hours.
What are some of the criteria to issue a Red Flag Warning?
- Sustained wind speeds averaging 15 MPH or greater
- Temperature over 75 ? or higher
- Relative humidity of 25% or less
Red Flag Warning Safety Tips
- Extinguish outdoor fires and never leave them unattended. Always drown fires with plenty of water.
- Soak any ashes or charcoal in water and dispose of them in a metal can.
- Remove any leaves, weeds, brush, firewood, and any other flammables such as gas cans, patio furniture, or lawnmowers from within 100 feet of your home.
- Do not throw cigarettes or matches from a moving car.