NWS RED FLAG WARNING for Wildfire Risk Northern Illinois

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URGENT – FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHICAGO IL
1056 AM CDT THU MAY 24 2012

…HIGH FIRE DANGER DUE TO WARM…DRY AND WINDY CONDITIONS THIS
AFTERNOON…

.IT WILL BE WARM…DRY AND WINDY THIS AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING.
LACK OF RAINFALL IN RECENT WEEKS HAS PRODUCED DRY CONDITIONS. THIS
COMBINATION WILL CREATE CONDITIONS FAVORABLE FOR THE SPREAD OF
WILD FIRES.

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LA SALLE-KENDALL-GRUNDY-WILL-KANKAKEE-LIVINGSTON-IROQUOIS-FORD-
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1056 AM CDT THU MAY 24 2012 /1156 AM EDT THU MAY 24 2012/

…RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM CDT /9 PM EDT/ THIS
EVENING FOR LOW HUMIDITY AND STRONG WINDS FOR NORTHERN ILLINOIS
AND NORTHWEST INDIANA…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN CHICAGO HAS ISSUED A RED FLAG
WARNING FOR LOW HUMIDITY AND STRONG WINDS…WHICH IS IN EFFECT
UNTIL 8 PM CDT /9 PM EDT/ THIS EVENING.

* AFFECTED AREA…NORTHERN ILLINOIS AND NORTHWEST INDIANA.

* WINDS…SOUTH 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 45 MPH OVER ILLINOIS
AND SOUTH 15 TO 25 WITH GUSTS TO 35 MPH OVER INDIANA.

* TIMING…THIS AFTERNOON INTO EARLY EVENING.

* RELATIVE HUMIDITY…AS LOW AS 25 PERCENT.

* IMPACTS…SMALL FIRES COULD EASILY SPREAD AND BECOME WILDFIRES.

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 WILL
CREATE EXPLOSIVE FIRE GROWTH POTENTIAL.



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