Strong Winds Set to Usher in Dangerous Fire Weather Conditions

Apr 10, 2018

The National Weather Service has issued Red Flag Warnings for all of Arizona over the coming days. These warnings are issued when strong, dry winds combine with dry fuels to create explosive wildfire growth potential.

Following a very dry fall and winter season it was just a matter of time before the spring winds ushered in dangerous fire weather conditions. Wednesday through Friday this week a storm will move through the West doing just that. Winds will increase initially on a warm Wednesday ahead of the approaching storm, with winds gusting near 45 mph from Flagstaff north and westward. Thursday even windier conditions will accompany a dry cold front, with portions of the region experiencing wind gusts near 60 mph.  Strong winds continue Thursday night into much of Friday.

Please use caution and follow these wildfire safety tips from NOAA. 

In addition, strong winds on Thursday will lead to areas of blowing dust and crosswinds that will lead to difficult travel conditions.