Southern Utah Mountains Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Fire Weather Warning
Statement as of 2:57 PM MDT on July 23, 2014

...Red flag warning remains in effect until 10 PM MDT this evening for dry thunderstorms and gusty outflow winds for fire weather zones 488...489...492...493...495 and 496...

* affected area...fire weather zone 488 Manti National Forest... fire weather zone 489 San Rafael Swell...fire weather zone 492 central Utah west desert...fire weather zone 493 central Utah mountains...fire weather zone 495 color Country West desert and fire weather zone 496 color country mountains.

* Thunderstorms...will develop this afternoon. Storms will initially develop over the higher terrain...and will move over adjacent valleys. Most thunderstorms will be dry...though some storms may be accompanied by wetting rain. Regardless... lightning will result in new fire starts.

* Outflow winds...will be gusty and erratic in the vicinity of thunderstorms and may cause unpredictable fire behavior.

* Impacts...combination of low relative humidity and gusty winds will create hazardous fire weather conditions through this evening. Dry thunderstorms in an area with dry fuels will create hazardous fire weather conditions...and likely result in new fire starts Wednesday.

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 can contribute to extreme fire behavior.