Southern Utah implements additional fire restrictions; red flag warning in effect through weekend

Trees burn in the Coal Hollow Fire on Aug. 9, 2018. The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning that will be in effect through the weekend and into the night of the Fourth of July. And southwest fire managers have expanded fire restrictions to include Beaver County.

Trees burn in the Coal Hollow Fire on Aug. 9, 2018. The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning that will be in effect through the weekend and into the night of the Fourth of July. And southwest fire managers have expanded fire restrictions to include Beaver County. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)



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ST. GEORGE — The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning that will be in effect through the weekend and into the night of the Fourth of July. And southwest fire managers have expanded fire restrictions to include Beaver County.

The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for wind and low relative humidity, which is in effect from noon Saturday through 9 p.m. Monday. The affected area includes large swaths of land throughout Washington, Iron and Beaver counties.

South winds 15-25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph were forecasted for Saturday afternoon through evening, and then south winds 20-30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph Sunday and Monday afternoon through evening. Winds are expected to decrease in the overnight periods. Relative humidity is expected to be in the 8-12% range, with poor overnight recoveries of 20-30%.

Critical fire weather conditions are likely to occur. Any new fire starts or existing fires may spread rapidly.

The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for the shaded area of the map that will be in effect through the weekend and into the night of the Fourth of July.
The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for the shaded area of the map that will be in effect through the weekend and into the night of the Fourth of July. (Photo: National Weather Service)

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