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Fire Weather Watches/Red Flag Warnings
"Fire Weather Watch" and "Red Flag Warning" are terms used by weather forecasters to call attention to weather conditions that may result in extreme fire behavior. Both are intended to make individuals aware of the conditions and it is the personal responsibility of the individual to take extra precautions. During these periods, extreme caution is urged by all because a simple spark can cause a major wildfire.
- Fire Weather Watch is issued when weather conditions could exist in the next 12 to 72 hours.
Red Flag Warning is issued for weather events that will occur within 24 hours.
A Fire Weather Watch may be issued prior to the Red Flag Warning. The criteria for red flag events requires the combination of high to extreme fire danger and a critical fire weather pattern such as: low relative humidity, very dry and unstable air, and very strong/ shifting winds.