ATHENS CO RED FLAG WARNING TUE 3/17 12NOON TO 8PM, LOW HUMIDITY GUSTY WINDS NO OPEN BURNING!

Red Flag Warning

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A RED FLAG WARNING FOR LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITIES AND GUSTY WINDS, WHICH IS IN EFFECT FOR ATHENS COUNTY FROM TUESDAY 3/17 AT 12 NOON TO 8 PM THIS EVENING.

  • WINDS – WEST 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS 30 TO 35 MPH.
  • TIMING – THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING.
  • RELATIVE HUMIDITY – IN THE LOWER TO MID 20 PERCENT RANGE, ALTHOUGH A FEW SPOTS COULD DIP INTO THE UPPER TEENS.
  • TEMPERATURES – LOWER TO MID 60S.
  • IMPACTS – THE THREAT IS ENHANCED IN GRASSY AND BRUSH FILLED AREAS.

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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About Athens County Emergency Management Agency

Emergency Management Agency is the central point of coordination within the county for response and recovery to disasters. The primary focus of the agency when not in a response or recovery mode is to ensure that the county and citizens residing in it, are prepared to respond to an emergency or disaster and to lead mitigation efforts against the effects of future disasters.
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