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Fire Watch Upgraded to Red Flag Warning For All of Rhode Island

Providence, RI - The National Weather Service has upgraded yesterday's Fire Watch Warning to a Red Flag Warning for all of Rhode Island. Dry conditions, Northwest winds, and low relative humidity all contribute to fire danger. The lack of serious rainfall will continue to affect the region into next week with little precipitation expected.

As a result, outdoor burning is not recommended. This warning is in effect from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today.

Updated information will continue to be posted at: http://www.erh.noaa.gov/box/hazardsByCounty.php.

Red Flag Warning for all of RHODE ISLAND

...RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT TODAY FOR MUCH OF SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND...

VERY DRY AIR...GUSTY NORTH-NORTHWEST WINDS...AND MINIMAL RECENT RAINFALL WILL RESULT IN RED FLAG CONDITIONS TODAY.

...RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO 7 PM EDT THIS EVENING FOR MUCH OF SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TAUNTON HAS ISSUED A RED FLAG WARNING FOR MUCH OF SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO 7 PM EDT THIS EVENING. THE FIRE WEATHER WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

* AFFECTED AREA...MUCH OF SOUTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE...MOST OF MASSACHUSETTS EXCEPT BERKSHIRE COUNTY AND CAPE COD AND THE ISLANDS...NORTH CENTRAL AND NORTHEAST CONNECTICUT...MOST OF RHODE ISLAND EXCEPT BLOCK ISLAND.

* WINDS...NORTHWEST 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 30 MPH.

* TIMING...FROM LATE MORNING THROUGH EVENING.

* RELATIVE HUMIDITY...15 TO 20 PERCENT.

* TEMPERATURES...IN THE UPPER 50S TO LOWER 60S.

* IMPACTS...ANY FIRES THAT DEVELOP WILL LIKELY SPREAD RAPIDLY. 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 WILL CREATE AN ELEVATED FIRE SPREAD POTENTIAL

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Department or agency: Emergency Management Agency

Online: http://www.riema.ri.gov/

Release date: 04-03-2012

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