Red Flag Warnings, March 16

Map red flag warning 3-16-2012

Map red flag warning 3-16-2012

Again, much of the United States is under a Red Flag warning today, and in some areas the high fire danger will last through the weekend. Fire danger like this is unusual for the Great Plains and Northern Rockies this time of the year. Like Havre (Montana) Fire Department Chief Dave Sheppard said earlier this week about the 12,000-acre fire they had on Tuesday:

We typically don’t see these types of fires until May or June. It’s tinder dry out there. It’s like August fuels right now. If we don’t get some moisture, it’s going to be a long summer.

Most of the Red Flagged areas are expected to have low humidities with gusty winds, and some will have near record high temperatures.

Oh, and in case you are planning to travel to Guam they also have a Red Flag warning “for the explosive spread of wildfire”.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.