Red Flag Warning
Issued by NWS Grand Junction, CO

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URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND JUNCTION CO
430 AM MDT SUN JUL 17 2016

...RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON UNTIL MIDNIGHT MDT TONIGHT
FOR GUSTY WINDS...LOW HUMIDITY...AND DRY FUELS FOR FIRE WEATHER
ZONES 200...202 IN NORTHWEST COLORADO AND FOR FIRE WEATHER ZONES
487 AND 490 IN EAST-CENTRAL UTAH...

...RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON UNTIL MIDNIGHT MDT TONIGHT
FOR ISOLATED TO SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS...SOME DRY...AFTER A
PROLONGED HOT AND DRY PERIOD...FOR FIRE WEATHER ZONES 203...
205...207...290...291...292...293...294 AND 295 ACROSS SOUTHWEST
AND WEST-CENTRAL COLORADO...AND FOR FIRE WEATHER ZONE 491 IN
SOUTHEAST UTAH...

.MOISTURE WILL BEGIN TO INCREASE ACROSS THE AREA FROM SOUTH TO
NORTH TODAY LEADING TO THE POTENTIAL FOR THE FIRST THUNDERSTORMS
AFTER A PROLONGED HOT AND DRY PERIOD. DRY LIGHTNING FROM
DEVELOPING STORMS IS THE MAIN CONCERN. IN ADDITION...GUSTY
SOUTHWEST WINDS WILL AGAIN DEVELOP OVER EAST-CENTRAL UTAH AND
NORTHWEST COLORADO IN THE AFTERNOON. ERRATIC THUNDERSTORM OUTFLOW
WINDS ARE LIKELY AREA-WIDE LATE IN DAY AND MAY PERSIST UNTIL
CLOSE TO MIDNIGHT.

COZ200-202-UTZ487-490-171830-
/O.CON.KGJT.FW.W.0018.160717T1800Z-160718T0600Z/
LITTLE SNAKE FORECAST AREA-WHITE RIVER FORECAST AREA-BOOK CLIFFS-
COLORADO RIVER BASIN-
430 AM MDT SUN JUL 17 2016

...RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO MIDNIGHT
MDT TONIGHT FOR GUSTY WINDS...LOW HUMIDITY...AND DRY FUELS FOR
FIRE WEATHER ZONES 200...202...487 AND 490...

* AFFECTED AREA...IN COLORADO...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 200 LITTLE
  SNAKE FORECAST AREA AND FIRE WEATHER ZONE 202 WHITE RIVER
  FORECAST AREA. IN UTAH...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 487 BOOK CLIFFS AND
  FIRE WEATHER ZONE 490 COLORADO RIVER BASIN.

* WIND...SOUTHWEST 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 25 MPH.

* HUMIDITY...6 TO 11 PERCENT.

* SUNDAY...SOUTHWEST WINDS 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 25 MPH
  WILL AGAIN DEVELOP SUNDAY AFTERNOON. IN ADDITION...VIRGA OR
  ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS POSSIBLY WITH DRY LIGHTNING...MAY FORM
  OVER THE HIGHER TERRAIN LATE IN THE AFTERNOON OR IN THE EARLY
  EVENING. ANY CONVECTION THAT DEVELOPS WILL PRODUCE ERRATIC
  OUTFLOW WINDS THAT MAY IMPACT LOWER ELEVATION.

* IMPACTS...HOT...DRY AND BREEZY CONDITIONS COULD CAUSE NEW OR
  EXISTING FIRES TO GROW RAPIDLY BECOMING DIFFICULT TO CONTROL.
  THUNDERSTORMS MAY CAUSE NEW FIRE STARTS AND OUTFLOW WINDS MAY
  CAUSE CONTROL PROBLEMS ON ANY FIRES THE STORM`S VICINITY.

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 CAN
CONTRIBUTE TO EXTREME FIRE BEHAVIOR.

&&

$$

COZ203-205-207-290>295-UTZ491-171830-
/O.CON.KGJT.FW.W.0018.160717T1800Z-160718T0600Z/
LOWER COLORADO RIVER-COLORADO RIVER HEADWATERS-
SOUTHWEST COLORADO LOWER FORECAST AREA-
PARADOX VALLEY FORECAST AREA-NORTHERN SAN JUAN FORECAST AREA-
NORTH FORK FORECAST AREA-GUNNISON BASIN FORECAST AREA-
SOUTHWEST COLORADO UPPER WEST FORECAST AREA-
SOUTHWEST COLORADO UPPER EAST FORECAST AREA-SOUTHEAST UTAH-
430 AM MDT SUN JUL 17 2016

...RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO MIDNIGHT
MDT TONIGHT FOR FIRST THUNDERSTORMS AFTER A PROLONGED HOT AND DRY
PERIOD FOR FIRE WEATHER ZONES 203...205...207...290...291...292...
293...294...295 AND 491...

* AFFECTED AREA...IN COLORADO...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 203 LOWER
  COLORADO RIVER...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 205 COLORADO RIVER
  HEADWATERS...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 207 SOUTHWEST COLORADO LOWER
  FORECAST AREA...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 290 PARADOX VALLEY FORECAST
  AREA...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 291 NORTHERN SAN JUAN FORECAST AREA...
   FIRE WEATHER ZONE 292 NORTH FORK FORECAST AREA...FIRE WEATHER
  ZONE 293 GUNNISON BASIN FORECAST AREA...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 294
  SOUTHWEST COLORADO UPPER WEST FORECAST AREA AND FIRE WEATHER
  ZONE 295 SOUTHWEST COLORADO UPPER EAST FORECAST AREA. IN
  UTAH... FIRE WEATHER ZONE 491 SOUTHEAST UTAH.

* WIND...SOUTHWEST 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 25 MPH.

* HUMIDITY...7 TO 12 PERCENT.

* SUNDAY...ISOLATED TO SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS...SOME WITH DRY
  LIGHTNING POSSIBLE. ERRATIC OUTFLOW WINDS WILL DEVELOP IN THE
  LATE AFTERNOON TO EARLY EVENING FROM ANY CONVECTION THAT
  DEVELOPS.

* IMPACTS...HOT...DRY AND BREEZY CONDITIONS COULD CAUSE NEW OR
  EXISTING FIRES TO GROW RAPIDLY BECOMING DIFFICULT TO CONTROL.
  LIGHTNING SUNDAY MAY CAUSE NEW FIRE STARTS.

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 CAN
CONTRIBUTE TO EXTREME FIRE BEHAVIOR.

&&

$$

FOR MORE INFORMATION FROM NOAA/NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE VISIT...
HTTP://WEATHER.GOV/GJT



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