Fire Danger Exists For Central Alabama

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While the talk of the weather has been Ian, closer to home there is an elevated risk for fire conditions across central Alabama, especially closer you get to the Coast. Outdoor burning is discouraged.

A Red Flag Warning is in effect across Central Alabama 11 AM through 7 PM today. Ongoing dry conditions will coincide with wind gusts up to 30 mph during the afternoon. This will result in high fire danger. Outdoor burning is highly discouraged.
A Red Flag Warning is in effect across Central Alabama 11 AM through 7 PM today. Ongoing dry conditions will coincide with wind gusts up to 30 mph during the afternoon. This will result in high fire danger. Outdoor burning is highly discouraged.
 ...CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER AREA FOR PORTIONS OF CENTRAL GULF COAST
   VICINITY...

URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Birmingham AL
428 AM CDT Wed Sep 28 2022

...DRY AND BREEZY CONDITIONS EXPECTED TODAY...

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428 AM CDT Wed Sep 28 2022

...RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO
7 PM CDT THIS EVENING FOR ALL OF CENTRAL ALABAMA...

* WINDS...North 10 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph.

* RELATIVE HUMIDITY...As low as 20 to 25 percent.

* IMPACTS...The combination of a dry air mass and breezy
  conditions will result in critical fire weather conditions.
  Outdoor burning is not recommended.

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 and low relative humidity can contribute to extreme
fire behavior.

   ...Synopsis...
   The broad upper-level ridge will continue to shift eastward into the
   Plains, today. In the Northwest, an upper-level trough will move
   into Washington and Oregon. At the surface, a stout surface high
   will move into the upper Midwest. A cold front will be draped across
   the northern Gulf into north Florida. Hurricane Ian will continue
   into central Florida.
...Central Gulf Coast...
   The combination of the strong surface high to the north and the
   strong pressure gradient around Hurricane Ian will drive moderately
   strong northerly winds across much of the Southeast. With these
   areas remaining dry, fuels are receptive to fire spread. RH below
   30% should occur over much of the region, particularly areas that
   are not impacted by high level outflow clouds from Ian. There is a
   corridor along/near the Gulf Coast that could see RH as low as 20%.
   This area is most likely to see critical fire weather as sustained
   winds near 15-20 mph with higher gusts probable.
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