NWS RED FLAG WARNING: Wildfire Risk for Cook, Lake, DuPage and Surrounding Counties

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URGENT – FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHICAGO IL
313 AM CDT TUE MAY 29 2012

OGLE-LEE-DE KALB-KANE-DUPAGE-COOK-KENDALL-WILL-LAKE IN-
313 AM CDT TUE MAY 29 2012

…RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 8 PM
CDT THIS EVENING…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN CHICAGO HAS ISSUED A RED FLAG
WARNING FOR STRONG WINDS…LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY…AND
ABNORMALLY DRY CONDITIONS…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM THIS
AFTERNOON TO 8 PM CDT THIS EVENING.

* AFFECTED AREA…PORTIONS OF NORTHERN ILLINOIS AS WELL AS LAKE
COUNTY INDIANA.

* 20FT WINDS…WEST 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 30 MPH.

* TIMING…THE STRONGEST WINDS AND LOWEST RELATIVE HUMIDITY
VALUES ARE EXPECTED THIS AFTERNOON.

* RELATIVE HUMIDITY…AS LOW AS 20 TO 25 PERCENT.

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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