Red Flag Warning
Issued by NWS Bismarck, ND

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URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BISMARCK ND
338 AM CDT MON APR 20 2015

...RED FLAG WARNING FOR ALL OF WESTERN AND CENTRAL NORTH DAKOTA
TODAY INTO THIS EVENING...

A DRY AND WINDY DAY IS EXPECTED ACROSS ALL OF WESTERN AND CENTRAL
NORTH DAKOTA TODAY INTO THIS EVENING WHICH WILL LEAD TO CRITICAL
FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS. AFTERNOON RELATIVE HUMIDITY VALUES WILL
RANGE FROM 15 TO 25 PERCENT OVER MOST OF WESTERN AND CENTRAL NORTH
DAKOTA...AND FROM 25 TO 35 PERCENT OVER THE TURTLE MOUNTAIN
REGION. THIS WILL COMBINE WITH NORTHWEST WINDS OF 20 TO 35 MPH
WITH GUSTS UP TO 45 MPH AND DRY VEGETATION TO BRING CRITICAL FIRE
WEATHER CONDITIONS ACROSS ALL OF WESTERN AND CENTRAL NORTH DAKOTA.
RAPID FIRE SPREAD IS EXPECTED WITH ANY FIRE START.

NDZ001>005-009>013-017>023-025-031>037-040>048-050-051-210300-
/O.CON.KBIS.FW.W.0011.150420T1700Z-150421T0300Z/
DIVIDE-BURKE-RENVILLE-BOTTINEAU-ROLETTE-WILLIAMS-MOUNTRAIL-WARD-
MCHENRY-PIERCE-MCKENZIE-DUNN-MERCER-OLIVER-MCLEAN-SHERIDAN-WELLS-
FOSTER-GOLDEN VALLEY-BILLINGS-STARK-MORTON-BURLEIGH-KIDDER-
STUTSMAN-SLOPE-HETTINGER-GRANT-BOWMAN-ADAMS-SIOUX-EMMONS-LOGAN-
LA MOURE-MCINTOSH-DICKEY-
338 AM CDT MON APR 20 2015 /238 AM MDT MON APR 20 2015/

...RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM NOON CDT /11 AM MDT/
TODAY TO 10 PM CDT /9 PM MDT/ THIS EVENING FOR LOW RELATIVE
HUMIDITY AND STRONG WINDS FOR WESTERN AND CENTRAL NORTH DAKOTA
FOR...

* AFFECTED AREA...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 001 DIVIDE...FIRE WEATHER
  ZONE 002 BURKE...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 003 RENVILLE...FIRE WEATHER
  ZONE 004 BOTTINEAU...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 005 ROLETTE...FIRE
  WEATHER ZONE 009 WILLIAMS...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 010 MOUNTRAIL...
  FIRE WEATHER ZONE 011 WARD...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 012 MCHENRY...
  FIRE WEATHER ZONE 013 PIERCE...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 017
  MCKENZIE...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 018 DUNN...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 019
  MERCER...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 020 OLIVER...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 021
  MCLEAN...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 022 SHERIDAN...FIRE WEATHER ZONE
  023 WELLS...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 025 FOSTER...FIRE WEATHER ZONE
  031 GOLDEN VALLEY... FIRE WEATHER ZONE 032 BILLINGS...FIRE
  WEATHER ZONE 033 STARK... FIRE WEATHER ZONE 034 MORTON...FIRE
  WEATHER ZONE 035 BURLEIGH... FIRE WEATHER ZONE 036 KIDDER...
  FIRE WEATHER ZONE 037 STUTSMAN... FIRE WEATHER ZONE 040
  SLOPE...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 041 HETTINGER... FIRE WEATHER ZONE
  042 GRANT...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 043 BOWMAN...FIRE WEATHER ZONE
  044 ADAMS...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 045 SIOUX...FIRE WEATHER ZONE
  046 EMMONS...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 047 LOGAN...FIRE WEATHER ZONE
  048 LA MOURE...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 050 MCINTOSH AND FIRE WEATHER
  ZONE 051 DICKEY.

* WINDS...NORTHWEST 20 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 45 MPH.

* TIMING...TODAY INTO THIS EVENING.

* RELATIVE HUMIDITY...AS LOW AS 15 PERCENT.

* TEMPERATURES...IN THE MID 40S TO MID 50S.

* IMPACTS...RAPID FIRE SPREAD WITH ANY START.

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.

&&

$$

JJS





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