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Posted on: June 17, 2013

[ARCHIVED] Red Flag Fire Danger Warning for the Ashley National Forest

Very High fire danger is expected for the Uintah Basin and the Ashley National Forest for Tuesday through Thursday due to dry fuels and high winds.

As a result of the high fire danger the Ashley National Forest is asking everyone to be careful with campfires and if possible to avoid campfires from Tuesday to Thursday. If you do have a campfire please ensure it is dead out prior to leaving the area.

A Red Flag Warning also known as a Fire Weather Warning is a forecast warning issued by the United States National Weather Service to inform area firefighting and land management agencies that conditions are ideal for wildland fire ignition, and rapid propagation.

After drought conditions, and when humidity is very low, and especially when high or erratic winds which may include lightning are a factor, the Red Flag Warning becomes a critical statement for firefighting agencies.

These agencies often alter their staffing and equipment resources dramatically to accommodate the forecast risk. To the public, a Red Flag Warning means high fire danger with an increased probability of a quickly spreading vegetation fire in the area within 24 hours.

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