Red Flag Warning Equals Fire
By Glenn Collins
Saturday, March 6, 2010 | 1:03 PM
At least five grass fires around the area are keeping Haleyville, Pebble, Bear Creek, Arley, and Ashridge fire departments busy this afternoon. A major fire is burning between the Briarwood subdivision and Jessica Drive.
For those burning things in their yard today, HBTV has included the text from the National Weather Service's Red Flag Warning. Today (Saturday) the ENTIRE state of Alabama in under a Red Flag Warning.
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URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
649 AM CST SAT MAR 6 2010
...DRY CONDITIONS EXPECTED THROUGH THE WEEKEND...
A RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 6 PM CST THIS EVENING.
HIGH PRESSURE HAS SETTLED INTO THE REGION. SURFACE DEW POINTS ARE RELATIVELY LOW AND EXPECTED TO MIX INTO THE TEENS DURING THE
AFTERNOON HOURS. THIS WILL ALLOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY VALUES TO DROP BELOW 25 PERCENT FOR SEVERAL HOURS.
A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EITHER OCCURRING NOW...OR WILL SHORTLY. A COMBINATION OF LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY AND WARMING TEMPERATURES WILL CREATE EXPLOSIVE FIRE GROWTH POTENTIAL.
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THE FIRE CONDITIONS...PLEASE CONTACT THE ALABAMA FORESTRY COMMISSION AT WWW.FORESTRY.ALABAMA.GOV.