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Red Flag Warning

What is a Red Flag Warning?

The National Weather Service issues Red Flag Warnings to alert fire departments of the onset, or possible onset, of critical weather and dry conditions that could lead to rapid or dramatic increases in wildfire activity. 


A Red Flag Warning is issued for weather events which may result in extreme fire behavior that will occur within 24 hours. A Red Flag Warning is the highest alert. During these times extreme caution is urged by all residents, because a simple spark can cause a major wildfire.

There is no burning, smoking or outdoor activities that produce sparks. The time of the warning is very subjective, so please pay close attention to the wind.