Red Flag Warning
Issued by NWS Blacksburg, VA

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URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BLACKSBURG VA
400 AM EDT WED APR 23 2014

...POTENTIAL FOR RAPID FIRE SPREAD TODAY...

.STRONG NORTHWEST WINDS AND LOW HUMIDITY WILL MAKE IT HARD
TO CONTROL WILDFIRES TODAY. WINDS OF 20 MPH...HUMIDITY MINIMUMS
NEAR 20 PERCENT...WILL PROMOTE POTENTIAL FOR RAPID FIRE
SPREAD IF A WILDLAND FIRE OCCURS TODAY.

VAZ007-009>020-022>024-032>035-047-231600-
/O.UPG.KRNK.FW.A.0003.140423T1500Z-140424T0000Z/
/O.NEW.KRNK.FW.W.0003.140423T1500Z-140424T0000Z/
TAZEWELL-SMYTH-BLAND-GILES-WYTHE-PULASKI-MONTGOMERY-GRAYSON-
CARROLL-FLOYD-CRAIG-ALLEGHANY VA-BATH-ROANOKE-BOTETOURT-
ROCKBRIDGE-PATRICK-FRANKLIN-BEDFORD-AMHERST-BUCKINGHAM-
400 AM EDT WED APR 23 2014

...RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO 8 PM EDT
THIS EVENING FOR WIND AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY FOR AREAS ALONG
THE BLUE RIDGE FROM SOUTHWESTERN VIRGINIA NORTHWARD INTO NORTH
CENTRAL VIRGINIA...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BLACKSBURG HAS
ISSUED A RED FLAG WARNING FOR WEATHER CONDITIONS THAT WILL PROMOTE
RAPID SPREAD OF WILDLAND FIRES. THIS WARNING IS IN EFFECT FROM
11 AM THIS MORNING TO 8 PM EDT THIS EVENING. THE FIRE WEATHER
WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

* AFFECTED AREA...COUNTIES IN VIRGINIA...TAZEWELL...BLAND...
  SMYTH...GILES...WYTHE...PULASKI...MONTGOMERY...GRAYSON...
  CARROLL...FLOYD...CRAIG...ALLEGHANY...BATH...ROANOKE...
  BOTETOURT...ROCKBRIDGE...PATRICK...FRANKLIN...BEDFORD...
  AMHERST...AND BUCKINGHAM.

* WINDS...NORTHWEST 20 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 30 MPH.

* RELATIVE HUMIDITY...AS LOW AS 20 PERCENT.

* IMPACTS...THE COMBINATION OF LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY...GUSTY WINDS
  AND DRY VEGETATION WILL CREATE CONDITIONS FAVORABLE FOR THE
  DEVELOPMENT AND SPREAD OF WILDFIRES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS
ARE LIKELY. A COMBINATION OF STRONG WINDS...LOW RELATIVE
HUMIDITY...AND WARM TEMPERATURES WILL CREATE CONDITIONS FAVORABLE
FOR RAPID FIRE SPREAD OR POTENTIAL FOR EXPLOSIVE FIRE GROWTH.

&&

$$

FOR MORE INFORMATION FROM NOAA/NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE VISIT...
HTTP://WWW.ERH.NOAA.GOV/ER/RNK/EMER/EMER_FIRE.PHP (ALL LOWER CASE)


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