Red Flag Warnings, April 10, 2012

Red flag warnings 4-10-2012

The Red Flag Warnings for several days in a row coupled with strong winds contributed to the numerous wildfires yesterday in Virginia, New Jersey, Long Island, and Connecticut.

Here is an example of one of the Red Flag Warnings — in this case, New Jersey:

…RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM THIS MORNING TO 8 PM EDT THIS EVENING…

* AFFECTED AREA…PORTIONS OF EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA AND NORTHERN NEW JERSEY.

* WINDS…WEST 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 30 MPH.

* RELATIVE HUMIDITY…AS LOW AS 20 TO 25 PERCENT.

* IMPACTS…THE FIRE DANGER REMAINS ELEVATED DUE TO THE GUSTY WINDS AND RATHER DRY CONDITIONS. AS A RESULT… THE POTENTIAL EXISTS FOR RAPID SPREAD IF UNCONTROLLED FIRES DEVELOP OR PRESCRIBED BURNS GET OUT OF CONTROL. OUTDOOR BURNING IS NOT RECOMMENDED.

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. Google+