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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