What Is a Fire Weather Warning?


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A fire weather warning is a forecast advisory issued by the U.S. National Weather Service to assist land management and fire-fighting agencies in the day-to-day assessment of fire danger. The warning includes current fuel moisture and critical weather conditions that can lead to or increase the probability of wildfire activity.

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What Is a Fire Weather Warning?
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Each National Weather Service in every state issues a different fire weather warning forecast. Also called a red flag warning, the forecast is affected by the region's topography, local vegetation type and distance from water sources. When the National Weather Service releases a red flag warning, the public is warned about the high fire danger and the increased probability of a quick-spreading fire in the local vegetation within 24 to 48 hours.

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