Red flag warning for high fire danger today


Weather conditions in several eastern Kentucky counties turned unsafe Thursday, April 12, as the National Weather Service issued a red flag warning due to fire risks. Highs will be warm because of the winds, reaching the 70s and 80s in the lower elevations. "Take precautions, and plan ahead now to avoid any activities that could create a flame or spark".

Thursday, Red Flag Warnings are in effect for all of southern Colorado again. That combined with what has been a fairly dry transition from winter to spring is adding up to a few days of critical fire danger threat. Outdoor burning is not recommended. - Winds are gradually weakening in northwest Pinal County, but pockets of dense blowing dust continue.

Strong southwest wind gusts in the 35-45 miles per hour range combined with low relative humidity values will create an enhanced wildfire risk Thursday afternoon and Friday.

"With the majority of fire starts being human-caused in combination with the drought conditions in Colorado, we are at increased risk of some of the largest, most damaging wildfires", says Mike Morgan, director of the Division of Fire Prevention and Control. It will still be very gusty on Friday (right now we have a Wind Alert Level One, meaning we could see gusts to 30-40 mph), but with high humidity levels, fire danger should go down. Lows drop to the 30s and 40s under mostly clear skies.