Tazewell Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Fire Weather Warning
Statement as of 4:00 AM EDT on April 23, 2014

...Red flag warning in effect from 11 am this morning to 8 PM EDT this evening for wind and low relative humidity for areas along the Blue Ridge from southwestern Virginia northward into north central Virginia...

The National Weather Service in Blacksburg has issued a red flag warning for weather conditions that will promote rapid spread of wildland fires. This warning is in effect from 11 am this morning to 8 PM EDT this evening. The Fire Weather Watch is no longer in effect.

* Affected area...counties in Virginia...Tazewell...Bland... Smyth...Giles...Wythe...Pulaski...Montgomery...Grayson... Carroll...Floyd...Craig...Alleghany...Bath...Roanoke... Botetourt...Rockbridge...Patrick...Franklin...Bedford... Amherst...and Buckingham.

* Winds...northwest 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph.

* Relative humidity...as low as 20 percent.

* Impacts...the combination of low relative humidity...gusty winds and dry vegetation will create conditions favorable for the development and spread of wildfires.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are likely. A combination of strong winds...low relative humidity...and warm temperatures will create conditions favorable for rapid fire spread or potential for explosive fire growth.

For more information from NOAA/National Weather Service visit... http://www.Erh.NOAA.Gov/er/rnk/emer/emer_fire.Php (all lower case)