Red Flag or Not, Who Cares!

RED FLAG WARNING DEFINITION:  A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EITHER OCCURRING NOW...OR WILL SHORTLY.  A COMBINATION OF STRONG WINDS...LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY...AND WARM TEMPERATURES WILL CREATE EXPLOSIVE FIRE GROWTH POTENTIAL.

Not everyday is going to have a Red Flag Warning in effect.  If the wind is anticipated to be below 30mph, a Red Flag Warning likely won't be issued.  However if the wind is blowing 15 to 25 mph, the humidities are low, and the fuels are dry, a fire could quickly get out of hand.  Bottomline, there doesn't have to be a Red Flag Warning in effect for the fire danger to be high.  The Red Flag Warning is simply a formality describing the extreme side of fire danger.  Until we get some widespread and significant rain or snow, the fire danger will remain very high for all of Southern Colorado.  If wind speeds are going to be above 5 to 15 mph, it would be a good idea to postpone any outdoor activities that require the use of flammable material.  We've been offerring that advice for weeks, but unfortunately we continue to have fires.  I hate to say it, but it may take a catastrophe for people to listen and respect the current state of our fire danger.  Let's hope not...

Chief Meteorologist Brian Bledsoe

 

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  • by my.02 on Mar 26, 2009 at 05:16 AM
    Pete, are you a troll? I don't have the slightest desire to text..Too busy taking care of my family..You seem to have enough time on your hands to make silly comments..
  • by Pete Location: 80911 on Mar 25, 2009 at 06:25 AM
    I'm sure Ryan and 02 would care more if the fire burned up their cell phones and they couldn;t text anymore!
  • by my.02 on Mar 17, 2009 at 05:47 AM
    "People like Ryan and my.o2(nice name by the way) represent the segment of the public who are ignorant towards the situation and will likely do nothing to help prevent a fire from igniting, or maybe start one themselves thru their careless actions" Wrong..My brother works for Denver water and he reminds us constantly about the threat, as well as the lack of water. He has access to much more info than the common person, and tells it like it is. So,not ignorant..Just optimistic. But, also a realist..I know it's bad..Just praying it gets better!
  • by Ryan Location: Monument on Mar 16, 2009 at 01:09 PM
    You better belive it Julio you are right we are going to break the 113 year old record for the lowest amount of snowfall they said that there was going to be snow last friday and guess what it didn't happen say good bye to colorado springs colorado and hello to denver springs colorado this summer is going to be hot
  • by Julio Location: 80907 on Mar 16, 2009 at 04:41 AM
    Yeah, and there is absolultely NO releif in sight. We're going to do it. We are going to break a 113 year old record for lowest amount of snowfall. Sigh...it's going to get really bad before it ever gets better.
  • by Eric Location: C/S on Mar 14, 2009 at 12:48 PM
    Personally, I love that you guys post the red flag warnings on here and on the news cast. I think it goes some way to help educate the public in regards to the high fire danger we have here in CO. People like Ryan and my.o2(nice name by the way) represent the segment of the public who are ignorant towards the situation and will likely do nothing to help prevent a fire from igniting, or maybe start one themselves thru their careless actions. Keep posting the red flag warnings, the majority of the population appreciates it.
  • by Ryan Location: Monument on Mar 10, 2009 at 09:49 AM
    Red Flag or not who cares are you telling me that you guys don't issue warnings on TV I'm glad you guys don't because KOAA likes to bug us like crazy I hate it that NBC bought the weather channel they are the ones who are screwing up the weather channel there making it go downhill that's why I'd rather have CBS buy the weather channel not NBC
  • by my.o2 on Mar 10, 2009 at 06:46 AM
    You can look outside and see that it would not be a grand idea to throw a cigarette out the window..That would not be a good thing. Never is.. Do you have any info on snow pack? Is our water evaporating with these warm temps?
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