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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

RED FLAG WARNING SOUTHEAST CALIFORNIA

 RED FLAG WARNING 
 THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PHOENIX HAS ISSUED A RED FLAG WARNING FOR STRONG WINDS, LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY AND HIGH FIRE  DANGER
 IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM MST /2 PM PDT/ TO 9 PM MST /9 PM PDT/ WEDNESDAY.  * AFFECTED AREA... ARIZONA: YUMA/MARTINEZ LAKE AND VICINITY/LOWER COLORADO RIVER VALLEY AZ.
 CALIFORNIA: LOWER COLORADO RIVER  VALLEY CA. THE STRETCH BETWEEN PARKER AND BLYTHE IS MORE LIKELY TO REACH RED FLAG CRITERIA THAN THE SOUTHERNMOST STRETCH. 
WINDS: NORTH 20 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 40 MPH.  
TIMING: STRONG WINDS WILL DEVELOP IN THE AFTERNOON WEDNESDAY WITH THE COMBINATION OF LOW HUMIDITY AND STRONG WINDS BEGINNING MID AFTERNOON. 
RELATIVE HUMIDITY: AS LOW AS 10 PERCENT. 
IMPACTS: FUELS ARE VERY DRY AND FIRE DANGER IS HIGH. THESE  CONDITIONS... COMBINED WITH LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY AND STRONG WINDS WILL LEAD TO WIDESPREAD HAZARDOUS FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS
instruction:
PLEASE ADVISE THE APPROPRIATE OFFICIALS AND FIRE CREWS IN THE FIELD OF THIS RED FLAG WARNING.
Area:  ARIZONA FIRE WEATHER ZONE 131YUMA/MARTINEZ LAKE AND VICINITY/LOWER COLORADO RIVER VALLEY AZ-CALIFORNIA FIRE WEATHER ZONE 231LOWER COLORADO RIVER VALLEY CA-
Affected Counties or parts of: Riverside, Imperial

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