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Posted on: July 1, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Red Flag Warning - Explained

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A Red Flag Warning is a warning issued by the National Weather Service to advise firefighters that conditions are ideal for a wildfire to start and spread rapidly.  There are many factors that determine the application of a Red Flag Warning.  It could be a combination of the below and is not limited to the examples listed:

  • Dry conditions
  • Before the spring green up or after fall color
  • If the National Fire Danger Rating System (the Smokey the Bear signs that are throughout the county) is high to extreme AND
  • Sustained wind average of 15 mph or greater
  • Relative humidity is less than or equal to 25 percent
  • A temperature that is greater than 75 degrees F

When the conditions listed above are in effect and a Red Flag Warning is issued please be aware that there is no outdoor burning in Park County.  Please check with your Fire Protection Districts for any other information.

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