WEATHER ALERT: Red Flag Warning Issued for Clarion, Jefferson Counties

JEFFERSON CO., Pa. – A “Red Flag” alert has been issued for Clarion and Jefferson counties.

The following alert was issued by the National Weather Service in Pittsburgh on Thursday March 17, 2016, at 10:31 a.m.:

URGENT – FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PITTSBURGH PA
1031 AM EDT THU MAR 17 2016

TUSCARAWAS-CARROLL-COLUMBIANA-COSHOCTON-HARRISON-JEFFERSON OH-MUSKINGUM-GUERNSEY-BELMONT-NOBLE-MONROE-LAWRENCE-BUTLER-CLARION-JEFFERSON PA-BEAVER-ALLEGHENY-ARMSTRONG-INDIANA-WASHINGTON-GREENE-WESTMORELAND-WESTMORELAND RIDGES-FAYETTE-FAYETTE RIDGES-HANCOCK-BROOKE-OHIO-MARSHALL-

…RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM EDT THIS EVENING FOR LOW HUMIDITY AND GUSTY WIND FOR EASTERN OHIO…THE NORTHERN WEST VIRGINIA PANHANDLE…AND WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PITTSBURGH HAS ISSUED A RED FLAG WARNING FOR LOW HUMIDITY AND GUSTY WIND…WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM EDT THIS EVENING.

* AFFECTED AREA…FIRE WEATHER ZONE 001 HANCOCK…FIRE WEATHER ZONE 002 BROOKE…FIRE WEATHER ZONE 003 OHIO…FIRE WEATHER ZONE 004 MARSHALL…FIRE WEATHER ZONE 013 LAWRENCE…FIRE WEATHER ZONE 014 BUTLER…FIRE WEATHER ZONE 015 CLARION…FIRE WEATHER ZONE 016 JEFFERSON PA…FIRE WEATHER ZONE 020 BEAVER…FIRE WEATHER ZONE 021 ALLEGHENY…FIRE WEATHER ZONE 022 ARMSTRONG…FIRE WEATHER ZONE 023 INDIANA…FIRE WEATHER ZONE 029 WASHINGTON… FIRE WEATHER ZONE 031 GREENE…FIRE WEATHER ZONE 039 TUSCARAWAS… FIRE WEATHER ZONE 040 CARROLL…FIRE WEATHER ZONE 041 COLUMBIANA…FIRE WEATHER ZONE 048 COSHOCTON…FIRE WEATHER ZONE 049 HARRISON…FIRE WEATHER ZONE 050 JEFFERSON OH…FIRE WEATHER ZONE 057 MUSKINGUM…FIRE WEATHER ZONE 058 GUERNSEY… FIRE WEATHER ZONE 059 BELMONT.. FIRE WEATHER ZONE 068 NOBLE… FIRE WEATHER ZONE 069 MONROE…FIRE WEATHER ZONE 073 WESTMORELAND…FIRE WEATHER ZONE 074 WESTMORELAND RIDGES… FIRE WEATHER ZONE 075 FAYETTE AND FIRE WEATHER ZONE 076 FAYETTE RIDGES.

* WINDS…WEST 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 35 MPH.
* TIMING…THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH THIS EVENING
* RELATIVE HUMIDITY…AS LOW AS 25 PERCENT.
* TEMPERATURES…IN THE UPPER 50S TO LOW 60`S.
* IMPACTS…THERE IS AN ELEVATED RISK FOR BRUSH FIRES. ANY FIRES MAY SPREAD IF NOT CONTAINED.

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.


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