Red Flag Warning issued in Mesa County |

Red Flag Warning issued in Mesa County

The Mesa County Health Department has issued a No Open Burning Air Watch Alert for Mesa County, including agricultural burns, from noon to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 5.

According to the National Weather Service, Grand Junction field office:

• The Red Flag Warning was issued due to gusty winds, low humidity and dry fuels.

• The affected are in Colorado includes Fire Weather Zone 203 Lower Colorado River below 7,000 feet.

• Southwest winds of 10 to 15 mph could reach gusts up to 30 mph.

• Humidity is 12 to 17 percent.

• Conditions have the potential for rapid fire growth and spread upon ignition.

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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