Red Flag Warning
Issued by NWS Rapid City, SD

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URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RAPID CITY SD
324 AM MDT FRI MAR 20 2015

...RED FLAG WARNING THIS AFTERNOON FOR SOUTH DAKOTA FIRE WEATHER
ZONES 261...264...265 AND 266...

.WARM...DRY AND WINDY WEATHER WILL OCCUR ACROSS MUCH OF THE
WESTERN SOUTH DAKOTA PLAINS THIS AFTERNOON. HIGH TEMPERATURES
WILL BE IN THE MID 60S TO MID 70S...WITH MINIMUM RELATIVE
HUMIDITY VALUES OF 14 TO 24 PERCENT. NORTHWEST WINDS WILL REACH 15
TO 30 MPH AND GUSTS TO NEAR 40 MPH ARE EXPECTED ACROSS PARTS OF
NORTHWESTERN SOUTH DAKOTA.

THE COMBINATION OF DRY FUELS...GUSTY WINDS...AND VERY LOW
RELATIVE HUMIDITY VALUES WILL RESULT IN CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER
CONDITIONS THIS AFTERNOON.

SDZ261-264>266-210000-
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/O.NEW.KUNR.FW.W.0003.150320T1800Z-150321T0000Z/
NORTHWESTERN SOUTH DAKOTA PLAINS-BADLANDS AREA-
SOUTH CENTRAL SOUTH DAKOTA-CENTRAL SOUTH DAKOTA PLAINS-
324 AM MDT FRI MAR 20 2015

...RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 6 PM MDT THIS
EVENING FOR GUSTY WINDS AND VERY LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITIES FOR FIRE WEATHER
ZONES 261...264...265 AND 266...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN RAPID CITY HAS ISSUED A RED FLAG
WARNING FOR GUSTY WINDS AND VERY LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITIES...WHICH IS IN
EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 6 PM MDT THIS EVENING. THE FIRE WEATHER
WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

* AFFECTED AREA...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 261 NORTHWESTERN SOUTH
  DAKOTA PLAINS...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 264 BADLANDS AREA...FIRE
  WEATHER ZONE 265 SOUTH CENTRAL SOUTH DAKOTA AND FIRE WEATHER
  ZONE 266 CENTRAL SOUTH DAKOTA PLAINS.

* WINDS...NORTHWEST 15 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS NEAR 40 MPH.

* TIMING...THIS AFTERNOON.

* RELATIVE HUMIDITY...AS LOW AS 14 PERCENT.

* TEMPERATURES...HIGHS IN THE MID 60S TO MID 70S.

* IMPACTS...WILDFIRES CAN SPREAD QUICKLY IN THE DEAD AND DRY FUELS.

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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