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What is the Red Flag Warning Program and What Does It Mean?

on April 11, 2013 - 7:25am

COUNTY News:

WHAT IS A RED FLAG WARNING?

A Red Flag Warning is issued by National Weather Service (NWS) to call attention to critical weather conditions that may result in extreme fire behavior.

Critical weather conditions include: sustained winds, low relative humidity, high temperatures and high fire danger. A combination of any of these conditions must occur simultaneously for three or more hours across any portion of a fire weather zone.

WHEN AND WHY IS THE RED FLAG FLYING AT CARSON NATIONAL FOREST AND OTHER AGENCIES OFFICES?

A red flag will be flown only when the NWS has issued a Red Flag Warning for the area. The flag will forewarn the public on the day that actual weather conditions are favorable to wildfires, extreme burning conditions, and/or exceptional fire behavior.  

WHAT SHOULD I DO DURING A RED FLAG WARNING?

Always observe local fire restrictions and closures – they are put into effect to protect lives and property during dry, fire-prone periods. 

And, as always but especially during Red Flag Warning periods, be extremely careful with activities that:

  • Involve open flames (smoking, campfires, ditch burning, etc.)
  • Generate sparks (welding, weed-whacking, lawn mowing, etc.), or
  • Create intense heat (Don’t park on dry grass – your catalytic converter is hot, etc.)

WHERE CAN I LEARN MORE ABOUT RED FLAG WARNINGS IN MY AREA?

  • http://www.srh.noaa.gov/abq/ (Zoom in or out on the map, if necessary, to see all of New Mexico. Official Red Flag Warnings are shown in bright pink)

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