Dangerous Fire Conditions Expected on Monday

Red Flag Warning

Strong southwest winds combined with warm temperatures, low relative humidity, and dry fuels will lead to dangerous fire conditions on Monday. The strongest winds, with gusts to at least 40mph, will occur during the late morning through the afternoon hours. The winds will rapidly diminish by sunset.

A red flag warning will be in effect from 10am to 7pm Monday for extreme fire conditions. Winds will be sustained out of the southwest at 20 to 30mph with gusts to at least 40mph. The relative humidity will be very low, as low as 23 percent.

Crops and agricultural fuels are over 90% cured. The majority of wild grasses are 60% to 70% cured and combustible. Harvesting of crops will produce the larger threat, but grassy areas near farmland can easily start from embers carried by the wind. Any fires will spread rapidly and be very difficult to control in these dangerous conditions. Outdoor burning is highly discouraged and should be avoided.

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 may lead to extreme fire behavior.

Zach Sharpe

My name is Zach Sharpe. I am the president and forecaster for the Iowa Storm Chasing Network. You can find me on Twitter @Stormchaserzach and on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/stormchaserzach/

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