October 29, 2012

Fire Weather Watch for Florida

The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning and a fire weather watch for Florida.  Outdoor burning is not recommended.
Affected areas include: Coastal Volusia County, Indian River, Inland Volusia County, Northern Brevard County, Northern Lake County, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Southern Brevard County, Southern Lake County, and St. Lucie
A red flag warning is issued when very favorable conditions for the spread of wildfire are occurring now, or will likely occur within the next 24 hours.  A fire weather watch means that critical fire weather conditions (long durations of low relative humidity or a combination of low relative humidity and strong winds) are possible between 24 and 72 hours.
A red flag warning remains in effect from noon today to 7 pm EDT this evening for gusty winds and low relative humidity for much of east central Florida.  Northwest winds of 15 to 20 mph are expected during the afternoon, and humidity is expected to be critically low in the range of 20 to 30 percent.  This can cause any fire that develops to spread rapidly.

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