Panhandle under fire watch

fire-weather-watchHOLT, Fla., Jan. 29, 2018–The Florida panhandle is under a fire weather watch Tuesday afternoon.

A fire weather watch means that critical fire weather conditions are forecast to occur.

The National Weather Service in Mobile has issued the watch due to a long period of low humidity and a high energy release component, a measurement of materials that could fuel a fire.

Escambia and Santa Rosa counties are included in the watch area.

A 15-to-18 mph north wind is expected Tuesday afternoon with higher gusts of about 23 mph, along with a 24-to-27 percent relative humidity.

According to the weather service, continued low humidity, combined with high winds could prompt a red flag warning tomorrow afternoon.

A red flag warning is usually issued when a combination of three primary criteria will be exceeded all at the same time: relative humidity less than or equal to 25 percent, sustained winds reaching 20 mph or more and “10 hour fuels” (branches, twigs, etc.) having a moisture content of 8 percent or less.

Any fires fires that develop during this time period will likely spread rapidly, according to the NWS. Outdoor burning is not recommended.

National Weather Service Mobile release

 

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