Redoubt Under Red Flag Alerts
Fire Season is in Full Swing!
The National Weather Service has posted Red Flag Warnings or Fire Weather Watches for areas in Oregon, California, Idaho, North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, and Nebraska. This is a significant part of the American Redoubt, and beyond.
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 extreme fire growth potential.
The heavy smoke in Bonner County, Idaho is being attributed to the Wellesley Fire on Beacon Hill in Spokane & another in Spangle, WA. The entire Bonner County has been enveloped in smoke for hours now due to the wind patterns pushing the smoke northeast. There are no reported fires in this county currently.
The Red Flag map was current as of 10:20 a.m. MDT on Monday. Red Flag Warnings can change throughout the day as the National Weather Service offices around the country update and revise their forecasts and maps. For the most current data visit this NWS site.
The warnings are updated on a regular basis, so it is prudent for all residents to check their area alerts frequently.