Red Flag Warning: Critical fire risk Washington, Iron Counties

SOUTHERN UTAH – The National Weather Service has issued a “Red Flag Warning” in effect from 12 p.m.  to 9 p.m. today in Washington and Iron Counties for wind and low relative humidity.

Dots denote affected area in Washington County and Iron County, at radar time 3:30 a.m., Aug. 2, 2013 | Image courtesy of the National Weather Service
Dots denote affected area, Fire Weather Zone 495 (Washington and Iron Counties). Radar time 3:30 a.m. Southern Utah, Aug. 2, 2013 | Image courtesy of the National Weather Service

Affected area: Fire Weather Zone 495 (see map), Washington and Iron Counties west desert.

Winds: South at 15 to 20 miles per hour, with gusts over 30 mph.

Relative humidity: As low as 12 percent.

Impacts: Gusty winds, low relative humidity, and dry fuels will combine to create hazardous fire weather conditions.

Precautionary and preparedness actions: A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will shortly. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior.

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