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Fire Weather Warning

Statement as of 2:30 PM MDT on March 27, 2015

Expires 11:00 PM EDT on March 28, 2015


... Red flag warning in effect from noon to 9 PM MDT Saturday for
gusty winds... very low relative humidity values... and a cold
frontal passage for fire weather zones 260... 261 and 299...

The National Weather Service in Rapid City has issued a red flag
warning for gusty winds... very low relative humidity values... and a cold
frontal passage... which is in effect from noon to 9 PM MDT
Saturday.

* Affected area... fire weather zone 260 northern Black Hills...
fire weather zone 261 northwestern South Dakota plains and
fire weather zone 299 Wyoming Black Hills.

* Winds... afternoon winds west 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 40
mph... becoming northwest in the evening 30 to 40 mph with gusts
near 60 mph. Winds in the Black Hills will be weaker but still
gusty.

* Timing... Saturday afternoon and evening.

* Relative humidity... as low as 15 percent.

* Temperatures... highs in the mid 70s to lower 80s on the
plains... 60s to lower 70s in the Black Hills.

* Lightning... isolated thunderstorms are possible very late
Saturday afternoon into early evening.

* Impacts... wildfires can spread quickly in the dead winter
fuels.

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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