Red Flag Program

The purpose of the Fire Weather Watch and Red Flag Warning is to alert the public and land management agencies of developing weather conditions that, when combined with critically dry wild land fuels, could lead to dangerous wildfires...which will be issued using  GFE formatter and will be distributed under AWIPS Pil JANRFWJAN.

Criteria for Red Flag Events in the Forecast Area

Fire Weather Watches/Red Flag Warnings are issued when the combination of dry fuels and weather conditions are such that extreme fire behavior or ignition is occurring or is expected to occur. Forecasters will coordinate with local fire and land managers(State Forestry Commissions/US Forest Service) through the Interagency Coordination Centers of Louisiana...Arkansas and Mississippi to discuss the issuance of a Fire Weather Watch or Redflag Warning. In addition, issuing offices should coordinate with adjacent weather offices.

Below are some of the criteria to consider when evaluating
For Mississippi Red Flag/Fire Weather Watch Conditions(conditions approaching this criteria)updated May 2008:

1.     Relative Humidity less or equal to 25%

2.     20 foot wind speed of greater or equal to 15 mph

For Louisiana Redflag/Fire Weather Watch Conditions

1.     Keetch-Byram Drought Indices of greater than 700

2.     Relative Humidity less than 25%

3.     Wind speed of greater than or equal to 14 mph

For Arkansas Redflag/Fire Weather Watch Conditions...updated May 2004.

1.     Relative Humidity < 25%

2.     20 foot wind speed of greater or equal to 14 mph

3.     Fuels critically dry, 10 hour fuels less than 10 percent

We consult both the state and federal agencies for the region before issuing this product.

Examples of actual Redflag Warning and a Fire Weather Watch products

WWUS84 KJAN 141730

RFWJAN

 

URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE JACKSON MS

1230 PM CDT THU OCT 14 2010

 

...REDFLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FOR THE NORTHWEST PORTIONS OF THE ARKLAMISS UNTIL 7 PM...

 

ARZ074-075-LAZ007>009-015-016-MSZ018-019-025>027-034>036-040>042-

047-150000-

/O.NEW.KJAN.FW.W.0006.101014T1730Z-101015T0000Z/

ASHLEY-CHICOT-MOREHOUSE-WEST CARROLL-EAST CARROLL-RICHLAND-MADISON LA-BOLIVAR-SUNFLOWER-LEFLORE-GRENADA-CARROLL-WASHINGTON-HUMPHREYS-HOLMES-ISSAQUENA-SHARKEY-YAZOO-WARREN-

1230 PM CDT THU OCT 14 2010

 

...RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM CDT THIS EVENING...

 

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN JACKSON HAS ISSUED A RED FLAG WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM CDT THIS EVENING.

 

NORTHERLY WINDS OF 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS OF AROUND 20 MPH WILL CONTINUE OVER THE REGION WITH RELATIVE HUMIDITIES OF 20 TO 25 PERCENT WITH ISOLATED LOCATIONS REACHING THE UPPER TEENS. THIS WILL CREATE

DANGEROUS FIRE CONDITIONS OVER THE AREA.

 

HIGH FIRE DANGER CONDITIONS WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THIS WEEKEND. NO RAIN IS FORECAST THROUGH MONDAY OF NEXT WEEK. OUTDOOR BURNING IS STRONGLY

DISCOURAGED WITH STATE WIDE BURN BANS IN LOUISIANA AND MISSISSIPPI AS WELL AS LOCAL BURN BANS FOR SOUTHEAST ARKANSAS.

 

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...LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY...AND

WARM TEMPERATURES WILL CREATE EXPLOSIVE FIRE GROWTH POTENTIAL.

 

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WWUS84 KJAN 301232

RFWJAN

 

URGENT – FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE                                                                                                                                 
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE JACKSON 

732 AM CDT THU SEP 30 2010

…A FIRE WEATHER WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE ARKLAMISS REGION UNTIL FRIDAY AT 7 PM…

ARZ-074-075-LAZ007>009-015-016-023>026-MSZ018-019-025>066-072>074-302100=

/O.CON.KJAN.FW.A.0002.000000T0000Z-101002T0000Z/

ASHLEY-CHICOT-MOREHOUSE-WEST CARROLL-EAST CARROLL-RICHLAND- MADISON LA-FRANKLIN LA-CATAHOULA-TENSAS-CONCORDIA-BOLIVAR-SUNFLOWER-LEFLORE-GRENADA-CARROLL-MONTGOMERY-WEBSTER-CLAY-LOWNDES-CHOCTAW-OKTIBBEHA-WASHINGTON-HUMPHREYS-HOLMES-ATTALA-WINSTON-NOXUBEE-ISSAQUENA-SHARKEY-YAZOO-MADISON MS-LEAKE-NESHOBA-KEMPER-WARREN-HINDS-RANKIN-SCOTT-NEWTON-LAUDERDALE-CLAIBORNE-COPIAH-SIMPSON-SMITH-JASPER-CLARKE-JEFFERSON-ADAMS-FRANKLIN MS-LINCOLN-LAWRENCE-JEFFERSON DAVIS-CONVINGTON-JONES-MARION-LAMAR-FORREST-

732 AM CDT THU SEP 30 2010

.,.FIRE WEATHER WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH FRIDAY EVENING…

A FIRE WEATHER WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH FRIDAY EVENING

DURING THE PAST FOUR WEEKS…RAINFALL HAS BEEN VERY SPARSE ACROSS MUCH OF THE ARKLAMISS REGION. DUE  TO THE VERY DRY CONDITIONS…AREA FIRE AGENCIES IN SOUTHEAST ARKANSAS…NORTHEAST LOUISIANA AND  CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI HAVE INDICATED AN INCREASE IN FIRE DANGER AND FIRE ACTIVITY…AND  THEY DISCOURAGED OUTDOOR BURNING…AND MORE BANS ARE EXPECTED IN THE COMING WEEKS.

THE LOWEST RELATIVE HUMIDITY VALUES WILL BE AROUND 25 PERCENT THIS AFTERNOON…AND FROM 20 TO 25 PERCENT FRIDAY AFTERNOON. WINDS WILL BE FROM THE NORTH AT 10 TO 15 MPH TODAY AND 10 TO 20 MPH MPH ON FRIDAY…WITH SOME HIGHER GUSTS ON BOTH DAYS. A DRY COLD FRONT IS EXPECTED TO PUSH THROUGH THE REGION TONIGHT…AND THIS WILL ONLY REINFORCE THE DRY AND BREEZY CONDITIONS FOR FRIDAY  INTO THIS WEEKEND. IF FIRE DANGER CONDITIONS CONTINUE TO WORSEN…THEN RED FLAG WARNINGS MAY HAVE TO BE ISSUED.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A FIRE WEATHER WATCH MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS COULD OCCUR. LISTEN FOR LATER FORECASTS AND POSSIBLE REDFLAG WARNINGS.

FIRE DANGER STATEMENTS

The office will also issue Fire Danger Statements. This product is issued under rare circumstances of extremely dry or drought conditions for the entire or part of the region(AWIPS header JANSPSJAN). Distribution will be over NOAA Weather Radio, Internet and the Weather Wire.

 

    The statement will have the following items:">
  1. Highlight one of these statements ...FIRE DANGER INCREASING IN (Area to be Named)
  2. HIGH FIRE DANGER CONTINUES IN (Area to be Named) we will not use the term Extreme.
  3. Elaborate on the situation with a direct quote of the appropriate Fire Control Agency(State or Federal).
  4. Indicate any changes(or no changes) in the weather situation expected over the next few days relative to the fire danger situation. We will not use fire or fire danger in describing the chances of rain, wind, or other weather parameters. We will leave fire behavior to the fire agencies.
  5. Request for individual cooperation. The state or federal request that caution be exercise to help prevent forest and grass fires.
  6. The statement will also mention burning bans that could be in force for a series of counties over portions of the state or a special statewide burning ban that is imposed by the governor.
  7. Fire Danger Statements shall be issued only at the request of the forestry services...especially the state forestry agencies...since they cover the public lands of the state.
  8. The Fire Danger product if so requested by the state and federal agency should be issued only from noon to 330 pm on NOAA Weather Radio. At most they may request broadcasts up to twice a week.

    FIRE DANGER STATEMENT

    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE JACKSON MS

    400 AM CDT MON OCT 18 2010

    ARZ074-075-LAZ007>009-015-016-023>026-MSZ018-019-025>066-072>074-190000- ASHLEY-CHICOT-MOREHOUSE-WEST CARROLL-EAST CARROLL-RICHLAND-MADISON LA-FRANKLIN LA-CATAHOULA-TENSAS-CONCORDIA-BOLIVAR-SUNFLOWER-LEFLORE-GRENADA-CARROLL-MONTGOMERY-WEBSTER-CLAY-LOWNDES-CHOCTAW-OKTIBBEHA-WASHINGTON-HUMPHREYS-HOLMES-ATTALA-WINSTON-NOXUBEE-ISSAQUENA-SHARKEY-YAZOO-MADISON MS-LEAKE-NESHOBA-KEMPER-WARREN-HINDS-RANKIN-SCOTT-NEWTON-LAUDERDALE-CLAIBORNE-COPIAH-SIMPSON-SMITH-JASPER-CLARKE-JEFFERSON-ADAMS-FRANKLIN MS-LINCOLN-LAWRENCE-JEFFERSON DAVIS-COVINGTON-JONES-MARION-LAMAR-FORREST-INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...CROSSETT...NORTH CROSSETT...HAMBURG...WEST CROSSETT...DERMOTT...LAKE VILLAGE...EUDORA...BASTROP...OAK GROVE...EPPS...LAKE PROVIDENCE...RAYVILLE...DELHI...TALLULAH...WINNSBORO...JONESVILLE...HARRISONBURG...NEWELLTON...ST. JOSEPH...WATERPROOF...VIDALIA...FERRIDAY...WEST FERRIDAY...CLEVELAND...INDIANOLA...RULEVILLE...GREENWOOD...GRENADA...VAIDEN...NORTH CARROLLTON...CARROLLTON...WINONA...EUPORA...MABEN...MATHISTON...WEST POINT...COLUMBUS...ACKERMAN...WEIR...STARKVILLE...GREENVILLE...BELZONI...ISOLA...DURANT...TCHULA...LEXINGTON...PICKENS...GOODMAN...KOSCIUSKO...LOUISVILLE...MACON...BROOKSVILLE...MAYERSVILLE...ROLLING FORK...ANGUILLA...YAZOO ...RIDGELAND...MADISON...CANTON...CARTHAGE...PHILADELPHIA...PEARL RIVER...DE KALB...SCOOBA...VICKSBURG...JACKSON...PEARL...BRANDON...RICHLAND...FOREST...MORTON...NEWTON...UNION...DECATUR...CONEHATTA...MERIDIAN...PORT GIBSON...CRYSTAL SPRINGS...HAZLEHURST...WESSON...MAGEE...MENDENHALL...TAYLORSVILLE...RALEIGH...BAY PRINGS...HEIDELBERG...QUITMAN...STONEWALL...SHUBUTA...FAYETTE...NATCHEZ...BUDE...ROXIE... MEADVILLE...BROOKHAVEN...MONTICELLO...NEW HEBRON...PRENTISS...BASSFIELD...COLLINS...MOUNT OLIVE...LAUREL...COLUMBIA...WEST IESBURG...LUMBERTON...PURVIS...HATTIESBURG

    400 AM CDT MON OCT 18 2010

    NWS JACKSON MS

     

    ...ELEVATED FIRE DANGER ACROSS THE ARKLAMISS REGION TODAY...

     

    ACCORDING TO AREA FORESTRY COMMISSIONS AND THE US FOREST SERVICE,RECENT VERY DRY CONDITIONS HAVE MADE OUTDOOR BURNING INCREASINGLY HAZARDOUS. CONDITIONS ARE SUCH THAT A SPARK FROM EQUIPMENT, THE HEAT FROM A CATALYTIC CONVERTER, OR ANY HEAT SOURCE COULD START A GRASS OR BRUSH FIRE. GUSTY WINDS MAKE IT DIFFICULT TO CONTAIN BURNING DEBRIS OR TRASH AND COULD HINDER FIRE CONTAINMENT EFFORTS. THE COMBINATION OF DRY FINE FUELS, SUCH AS GRASS, AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY HAVE RESULTED IN CONTINUED FIRE DANGER ACROSS THE ARKLAMISS REGION. MINIMUM RELATIVE HUMIDITY VALUES WILL RANGE FROM 25 TO 35 PERCENT THIS AFTERNOON. ACCOMPANIED BY SOUTHWEST WINDS AT 5 TO 10 MPH. THE DRY WEATHER WILL RESULT IN ELEVATED FIRE DANGER TODAY. RELATIVE HUMIDITY VALUES ARE EXPECTED TO INCREASE ON TUESDAY AS ADDITIONAL MOISTURE ENTERS THE REGION AHEAD OF AN APPROACHING COLD FRONT. THIS WILL REDUCE FIRE DANGER LEVELS. FIRES PLACE AREA FORESTRY COMMISSIONS, FIRE DEPARTMENTS, AND OTHER FIRE CONTROL AGENCIES IN LIFE THREATENING SITUATIONS, AND CAN ENDANGER COMMUNITIES. PLEASE USE CAUTION AND HELP PREVENT FOREST AND GRASS FIRES. AREA FORESTRY COMMISSIONS AND US FOREST SERVICE URGE THE PUBLIC TO COMPLY WITH AND STATEWIDE BURN BANS AND REFRAIN FROM ANY OUTDOOR BURNING. MISSISSIPPI AND LOUISIANA HAVE ISSUED STATEWIDE BURN BANS. ASHLEY AND CHICOT COUNTIES IN ARKANSAS ARE ALSO UNDER A LOCAL BURN BAN. WHEN BARBECUING, TAKE THE UTMOST CARE. DO NOT DUMP ASHES UNLESS YOU ARE CERTAIN THEY ARE COMPLETELY OUT. LIVE COALS CAN BURN FOR AS LONG AS ONE OR TWO DAYS AFTER BEING USED.

     

     

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