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Utah, Great Salt Lake Desert and Mountains

Fire Weather Warning

Statement as of 6:17 PM MDT on July 22, 2014


... Red flag warning now in effect until 10 PM MDT Wednesday for
low relative humidity and gusty south winds below 7000 feet
through Wednesday... as well as dry thunderstorms and gusty
outflow winds Wednesday afternoon...

* affected area... fire weather zone 478 Salt Lake desert below
7000 feet.

* Winds... southerly winds at 15-25 mph with gusts to 30 mph will
continue this afternoon. Winds will decrease overnight. Gusty
winds will redevelop tomorrow afternoon... with gusts to 30
mph.

* Relative humidity... relative humidity will remain below 15
percent this afternoon. Relative humidity will increase above
critical values overnight... but will fall below 15 percent
again tomorrow afternoon.

* Thunderstorms... will develop Wednesday afternoon across the
southern half of zone 478. 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. 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.



For more information from NOAA/National Weather Service visit...
http://weather.Gov/saltlakecity (all lower case)


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