The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for low relative humidity, gusty winds, and dry fuels, in effect Thursday, April 20, 2023, from 12PM to 8 PM for Southeast Ohio including Athens County.
Timing… Thursday, April 20, 2023, from 12PM to 8 PM.
Winds…Southwest 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.
Relative Humidity…As low as 19 percent.
Temperatures…In the lower 80s.
Impacts…Enhanced risk of wildfire ignition and spread.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are occurring now…. or will shortly. A combination of strong winds…low relative humidity…and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior.
Ohio state law prohibits burning during the months of March, April, May, October and November from 6 AM to 6 PM.