RED FLAG WARNINGS IN EFFECT TODAY FROM 11-AM TO 9-PM

Ag/Outdoor, Weather

September 11th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE ENTIRE KJAN LISTENING AREA FROM 11- AM TODAY (TUESDAY) TO 9- PM CDT THIS EVENING FOR EXTREME FIRE CONDITIONS.

SOUTHWEST WINDS OF 20 TO 30 MPH…WITH GUSTS TO 40 MPH CAN BE EXPECTED, ALONG WITH RELATIVE HUMIDITY AS LOW AS 18 TO 22 PERCENT. FIELD CROPS ARE NEARLY CURED AND HAVE BECOME HIGHLY COMBUSTIBLE. IN COMBINATION WITH THE FORECAST CONDITIONS ..THIS WOULD LEAD TO RAPID FIRE GROWTH. IN ADDITION, THE DRYING OF GRASSES IS WELL AHEAD OF SCHEDULE DUE TO THE HOT AND DRY CONDITIONS THIS SUMMER. IF A FIRE STARTS THIS (TUESDAY) AFTERNOON…RAPID FIRE GROWTH WOULD BE POSSIBLE AND IT WOULD BE VERY DIFFICULT TO CONTAIN.

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 WILL CREATE EXPLOSIVE FIRE GROWTH POTENTIAL.