The Billings Outpost

Red flag warning set

 

Below is a National Weather Service Red Flag warning which will be in effect from 6 am to midnight on Tuesday 10/2/2012.  The weather conditions will create explosive fire growth potential. Aggressive initial attack and mutual aid will be crucial as resources will likely be stretched thin. If there are any questions concerning this, please contact me. Please urge everyone to use EXTREME caution during this critical period! Thank you.

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939 AM MDT MON OCT 1 2012

..RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM TUESDAY TO MIDNIGHT MDT TUESDAY NIGHT FOR LOW HUMIDITIES...UNSEASONABLY WARM TEMPERATURES...STRONG GUSTY WINDS...AND WIND SHIFT WITH A COLD FRONT FOR ALL OF SOUTH CENTRAL MONTANA...ALL OF SOUTHEAST MONTANA...PARTS OF NORTHWEST SOUTH DAKOTA...AND PARTS OF NORTH CENTRAL WYOMING...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BILLINGS HAS ISSUED A RED FLAG WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM TUESDAY TO MIDNIGHT MDT TUESDAY NIGHT.

* IMPACTS...STRONG WIND GUSTS COMBINED WITH LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY

  LEVELS AND A STRONG COLD FRONT WILL CREATE DANGEROUS FIRE

  WEATHER CONDITIONS TUESDAY INTO TUESDAY NIGHT.

* COLD FRONT...A STRONG COLD FRONT IS EXPECTED TO MOVE THROUGH THE

  AREA LATE TUESDAY AFTERNOON WITH A STRONG WIND SHIFT TO THE

  NORTH.

* WIND...WEST WINDS 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 35 MPH ARE EXPECTED

  DURING THE DAY TUESDAY...SHIFTING TO THE NORTH WITH GUSTS AROUND

  40 MPH AS A COLD FRONT MOVES THROUGH THE REGION.

* HUMIDITY...AS LOW AS 12 PERCENT.

* TEMPERATURES...75 TO 85.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EITHER OCCURRING NOW...OR WILL SHORTLY. A COMBINATION OF STRONG WINDS...LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY...AND WARM TEMPERATURES WILL CREATE EXPLOSIVE FIRE GROWTH POTENTIAL.

Duane Winslow

Emergency and General Services Director

Yellowstone County

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