Today’s weather story from the National Weather Service:
Windy and much warmer
Red Flag Warning for the entire area from 12 to 8 pm today
(May 1, 2018) – A Red Flag Warning is in effect for the entire area this afternoon and evening due to the lack of recent rainfall, dry fuels, southwest winds of 15 to 25 mph with higher gusts and temperatures in the 80s. All these factors will lead to even small fires rapidly growing out of control, potentially impacting surrounding fields, woods and even nearby buildings.
Burning is strongly discouraged today
Higher humidity values and increasing rain chances will arrive by Wednesday and Thursday to allow the fire danger to subside. If you observe a fire, call 911 immediately.
Details on the Red Flag Warning:
URGENT – FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Northern Indiana
352 AM EDT Tue May 1 2018
INZ003>009-012>018-020-022>027-032>034-MIZ077>081-OHZ001-002-004-005-015-016-024-025-011600-/O.CON.KIWX.FW.W.0001.180501T1600Z-180502T0000Z/La Porte-St. Joseph IN-Elkhart-Lagrange-Steuben-Noble-De Kalb-Starke-Pulaski-Marshall-Fulton IN-Kosciusko-Whitley-Allen IN-White-Cass IN-Miami-Wabash-Huntington-Wells-Adams-Grant-Blackford-Jay-Berrien-Cass MI-St. Joseph MI-Branch-Hillsdale-Williams-Fulton OH-Defiance-Henry-Paulding-Putnam-Van Wert-Allen OH
352 AM EDT Tue May 1 2018 /252 AM CDT Tue May 1 2018/
…RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM NOON EDT /11 AM CDT/TODAY TO 8 PM EDT /7 PM CDT/ THIS EVENING…
* Affected Area…All of northern Indiana, far southern Lower Michigan and northwestern Ohio.
* WIND…Southwest 15 to 25 with gusts to 30 mph this afternoon.
* TEMPERATURES…Low to mid 80s.
* HUMIDITY…25 to 30 percent, locally lower in some areas.
* IMPACTS…The combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, exceptionally dry fuels, and warm temperatures will promote extremely dangerous behavior of any fires. Any outdoor burning is strongly discouraged until conditions improve.
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 can contribute to extreme fire behavior.