Red Flag Warning for Wind

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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.

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.

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