UPDATED: Red Flag Warning July 23, 2014

Red Flag Warning July 23, 2014
Red Flag Warning July 23, 2014

Warnings for elevated wildfire danger were issued Wednesday by the National Weather Service for areas in Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming and Idaho.

Fire weather watches were issued for areas in Wyoming and Montana.

The Red Flag Warning map was current as of 5 p.m. MDT on Wednesday. Red Flag Warnings can change throughout the day as the National Weather Service offices around the country update and revise their forecasts. For the most current data visit this site. 

 

Red Flag Warnings, June 2, 2014 — and, controlling the weather

wildfire Red Flag Warnings - June 2, 2014

Warnings for elevated wildfire danger have been issued by the National Weather Service for areas in Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado.

We continue to be amazed at how weather and fire danger can respect and adhere to state boundaries. The Joint Fire Science Program should investigate this phenomenon. Maybe additional imaginary lines could be put on maps on an as-needed basis that would control the weather to protect our firefighters, forests, and communities. Could we even reverse droughts and prevent floods?

The Red Flag Warning map was current as of 11:23 a.m. MDT on Monday. Red Flag Warnings can change throughout the day as the National Weather Service offices around the country update and revise their forecasts. For the most current data, visit this NWS site.

Red Flag Warnings, April 25, 2014

wildfire Red Flag Warnings, April 25, 2014

Warnings for elevated wildfire danger have been issued by the National Weather Service for areas in Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, Colorado, New Mexico Arizona, Nevada, and California.

The weather forecasters in Utah frequently interpret fire danger differently than the NWS personnel in the neighboring states of Nevada, Arizona, and Colorado. Weather patterns and vegetation conditions rarely recognize state borders… except in Utah.

The Red Flag Warning map was current as of 9:40 a.m. MDT on Friday. Red Flag Warnings can change throughout the day as the National Weather Service offices around the country update and revise their forecasts. For the most current data, visit this NWS site.

Red Flag Warnings and smoke distribution, July 22, 2013

The map below shows the distribution of smoke from wildfires in the United States and Canada. For much more information about smoke and dust in the air today, visit NOAA’s text description, which is perhaps more than you want to know.

Wildfire smoke map
Map showing the distribution of wildfire smoke at 10:52 a.m. MDT, July 22, 2013
Red Flag Warnings wildfire
Red Flag Warnings, July 22, 2013

Red Flag Warnings and Fire Weather Watches for enhanced wildfire danger have been issued by the National Weather Service for areas in Washington, Oregon, and Wyoming.

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The Red Flag Warning map above was current as of 11:35 a.m. MDT on Monday. Red Flag Warnings can change throughout the day as the National Weather Service offices around the country update and revise their forecasts. For the most current data, visit this NWS site.

Red Flag Warnings, June 9, 2013

Wildfire Red Flag Warnings

Red Flag Warnings and Fire Weather Watches for enhanced wildfire danger have been issued by the National Weather Service for areas in California, Nevada, Utah, and Arizona.

Dry lightning and strong winds are in the forecast for Northern California, the Bay Area hills & the Sierras.

On the map above it is unusual to see a small part of Utah’s southwest corner marked as a Fire Weather Watch area. The weather forecasters in Utah rarely forecast Red Flag Warnings or Fire Weather Watches, even when their neighboring states do so right up to the imaginary line separating the two.

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The Red Flag Warning map above was current as of 9:20 a.m. MT Sunday. Red Flag Warnings can change throughout the day as the National Weather Service offices around the country update and revise their forecasts. For the most current data, visit this NWS site.

Colorado: Red flag warning

Red Flag Warning, Colorado, Jan. 23-24, 2013

The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning Wednesday afternoon for the front range of Colorado from the Wyoming border south almost to Colorado Springs. It will be in effect until 5 p.m. MT January 24. Conveniently for the weather forecasters, the extreme fire weather stops EXACTLY at the Wyoming/Colorado state line.

Here is the text from the announcement:

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LARIMER AND BOULDER COUNTIES BETWEEN 6000 AND 9000 FEET, JEFFERSON AND WEST DOUGLAS COUNTIES ABOVE 6000 FEET, GILPIN, CLEAR CREEK, NORTHEAST PARK COUNTIES BELOW 9000 FEET-

…RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 PM MST THURSDAY FOR WIND AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY FOR THE FRONT RANGE FOOTHILLS…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DENVER HAS ISSUED A RED FLAG WARNING FOR WIND AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY…WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 PM MST THURSDAY.

* AFFECTED AREA…FIRE WEATHER ZONES 215 AND 216.

* TIMING…TONIGHT AND THURSDAY…WITH THE MOST CRITICAL CONDITIONS LATE TONIGHT AND THURSDAY AS WINDS INCREASE.

* WINDS…WEST 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS 30 MPH THIS EVENING INCREASING TO 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS AROUND 45 MPH BY THURSDAY AFTERNOON.

* RELATIVE HUMIDITY…SINGLE DIGIT HUMIDITIES LATE THIS AFTERNOON ONLY RECOVERING TO 25 TO 35 PERCENT TONIGHT. HUMIDITIES THEN DROPPING BACK TO AROUND 15 PERCENT THURSDAY MORNING WITH SOME IMPROVEMENT THURSDAY AFTERNOON.

* IMPACTS…EXISTING WILDFIRES OR NEW FIRE STARTS MAY EXPERIENCE RAPID FIRE GROWTH DUE TO THE VERY DRY FUELS…LOW HUMIDITIES…AND GUSTY WINDS. THE MOST CRITICAL CONDITIONS WILL OCCUR ON SOUTHERN EXPOSURES AND AREAS WITH NO SNOW COVER.

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The map above was current as of 8:10 p.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.

 

Thanks go out to Chris.