Sunday, May 06, 2007

Ham Lake Fire - Red Flag Weather Conditions

May 6/Tuesday-RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM THIS MORNING TO 8 PM CDT THIS EVENING...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DULUTH HAS ISSUED A RED FLAG
WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM THIS MORNING TO 8 PM CDT
THIS EVENING. THE FIRE WEATHER WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

A COMBINATION OF CONDITIONS WILL RESULT IN EXTREMELY HIGH FIRE
DANGER ACROSS INLAND AREAS OF THE MINNESOTA ARROWHEAD TODAY AND
THIS EVENING. TEMPERATURES WILL WARM TO THE UPPER 60S AS RELATIVE
HUMIDITIES DIVE INTO THE LOW TO MID TEENS. STRONG SOUTHEAST WINDS
TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 35 TO 40 MPH WILL GREATLY EXACERBATE THE
FIRE DANGER ACROSS THAT AREA TODAY.

RAIN SHOULD SPREAD INTO THE AREA...MITIGATING THE FIRE DANGER LATE
TONIGHT OR EARLY MONDAY.

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 WILL
CREATE EXPLOSIVE FIRE GROWTH POTENTIAL.

Note- Strong SE winds could push the long fire front paralleling the Gunflint Trail into the populated Gunflint and Magnetic Lakes area north of the Gunflint Trail.

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