Red Flag (Fire Weather) Warning for Wasatch Mountains, Utah
- Posted 5 hours, 57 minutes ago – National Weather Service
Red Flag Warning remains in effect from 11 am this morning to 9 pm MDT this evening for wind and low relative humidity for Fire Weather zone 479 below 6500 feet.
- Affected area: Fire Weather zone 479 Wasatch Mountains below 6500 feet.
- Winds: southwest 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph.
- Relative humidity: as low as 10 percent.
- Dry lightning, isolated dry thunderstorms are possible over the far north portion Monday afternoon and early evening.
- Impacts: The combination of strong winds and low relative humidity and the possibility of dry Lightning will create hazardous Fire weather conditions where fuels are critically dry.
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.
What is a Red Flag Warning?
A Warning issued by National Weather Service fire weather forecasters to alert forecast users to an ongoing or imminent critical fire weather pattern. The warning product alerts land management agencies to the potential for widespread new ignitions or control problems with existing fires, both of which could pose a threat to life and property.
It is issued when it is an on-going event or the fire weather forecaster has a high degree of confidence that Red Flag criteria will occur within 48 hours of issuance. Red Flag criteria is based on local area vegetation characteristics, local climatology, select weather criteria and/or any combination of critical weather and fuel moisture forecasts. In some states, dry lightning and unstable air are criteria. A Fire Weather Watch may be issued prior to the Red Flag Warning.