RED FLAG WARNING in Effect for Much of Northern Illinois Through 7 PM

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URGENT – FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHICAGO IL
1131 AM CDT WED SEP 19 2012

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1131 AM CDT WED SEP 19 2012 /1231 PM EDT WED SEP 19 2012/

…RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM CDT /8 PM EDT/
THIS EVENING…

* AFFECTED AREA…NORTH CENTRAL AND NORTHEAST ILLINOIS…AND
NORTHWEST INDIANA.

* WINDS…SUSTAINED SOUTH 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 40 MPH.

* TIMING…MIDDAY THROUGH EARLY EVENING.

* RELATIVE HUMIDITY…LOWEST AFTERNOON 26 TO 32 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.

USES EXTREME CAUTION WITH SMOKING MATERIALS…OPEN FLAMES…AND
MACHINERY AND POWER TOOLS THAT COULD GENERATE AN EXTERNAL SPARK.



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