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.
...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... ALZ011>013-015-017>050-281700- /O.CON.KBMX.FW.W.0002.220928T1600Z-220929T0000Z/ Marion-Lamar-Fayette-Walker-Blount-Etowah-Calhoun-Cherokee- Cleburne-Pickens-Tuscaloosa-Jefferson-Shelby-St. Clair-Talladega- Clay-Randolph-Sumter-Greene-Hale-Perry-Bibb-Chilton-Coosa- Tallapoosa-Chambers-Marengo-Dallas-Autauga-Lowndes-Elmore- Montgomery-Macon-Bullock-Lee-Russell-Pike-Barbour- 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.