Red Flag Warnings, November 21 2012

Red Flag Warnings for wildfire

Red Flag Warnings, 9:28 a.m. MT, November 21, 2012

The wildfire season is not over in some parts of the United States, as Red Flag Warnings have been posted for three areas:

  • Portions of southeast Wyoming and western Nebraska for late Wednesday morning and Wednesday afternoon; winds west 15 to 30 with gusts up to 45 mph across western Laramie County and up to 35 mph elsewhere; relative humidity as low as 10 percent
  • The southeast corner of Colorado, from 11 a.m. through 5 p.m. on Wednesday; winds southwest 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph; relative humidity 7 to 12 percent.
  • The Florida Big Bend area, Red Flag Warning Wednesday afternoon for north to northwest winds 6 to 10 mph with gusts up to 15 mph; relative humidity 30 to 35 percent and lower on Thursday; Fire Weather Watch on Thursday for similar conditions.

There is no Red Flag Warning for central and western South Dakota, but the fire danger is elevated, with temperatures expected to be in the mid 60s and possibly low 70s on Wednesday. Relative humidity will be 15 to 20 percent with areas south of Interstate 90 likely seeing winds of 15 to 22 mph with gusts in the 25-30 mph range. Thursday will see 28 mph winds gusting at 35 to 40 with temperatures in the low 50s and relative humidity of 30 to 38 percent.

The map was current as of 9:28 a.m. MT on Wednesday. Red Flag Warnings can change throughout the day as the dozens of National Weather Service offices around the country update and revise their forecasts. For the most current data, visit this NWS site.

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Wildland fire has been a major part of Bill Gabbert’s life for several decades. After growing up in the south, he migrated to southern California where he lived for 20 years, working as a wildland firefighter. Later he took his affinity for firefighting to Indiana and eventually the Black Hills of South Dakota where he was the Fire Management Officer for a group of seven national parks. Today he is the creator and owner of WildfireToday.com and Sagacity Wildfire Services and serves as an expert witness in wildland fire. If you are interested in wildland fire, welcome… grab a cup of coffee and put your feet up. Google+