Red Flag Warning for Wind
The National Weather Service in Blacksburg has issued a Red Flag Warning for wind and low relative humidity, which is in effect until 8 PM EDT this evening.
* Affected Area…In Virginia, Carroll, Floyd, Roanoke, Botetourt, Rockbridge, Patrick, Franklin, Bedford, and Amherst counties including the Independent Cities of Galax, Roanoke, Salem, Lexington, and Buena Vista.
* Winds…West 10 to 20 mph with gusts up to 40 mph.
* Relative Humidity…As low as 17 percent.
* Impacts…Any fires today will quickly become wildfires.
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.