Red flag warning issued for Wilson County

Staff Reports • Updated Jan 30, 2014 at 9:18 PM

The National Weather Service upgraded a fire weather watch Thursday morning to a red flag warning. 

The warning will go into effect Thursday at noon and remain in effect until 6 p.m. A red flag warning means critical fire weather conditions are either happening now or will shortly. A combinations of strong winds, low relative humidity and warmer temperatures will create explosive fire growth potential, forecasters said.

Forecasters said a warming trend will begin Thursday as strong winds between 10 mph-20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph from the south will bring high temperatures up into the 30s and 40s with relative humidity levels falling into the 10 percent-20 percent range in the afternoon. Those conditions, along with recent cold and dry conditions will become favorable for any fires that develop to grow and spread rapidly. 

Forecasters said outdoor burining is not recommeded Thursday afternoon. 

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