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Red Flag Warning in place for Mecklenburg County, surrounding areas

A Red Flag Warning (or Fire Weather Warning) has been issued for much of the region. What does this mean for your weekend weather?

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A Red Flag Warning (or Fire Weather Warning) is issued when the National Weather Service expects critical fire conditions to happen soon, or they'll already have occurred. For our region this weekend, we have all the ingredients in place:

  • Sustained winds between 15 - 25 mph and gusts near 40 mph
  • Humidity as low as 20% for the piedmont and 10% in the mountains
  • Dry brush and vegetation from the colder winter months

RELATED: FORECAST: Windy and cooler Saturday, elevated fire danger all weekend

Under these conditions, outdoor fires may grow easily out of control leading to what they call "extreme fire behavior." This could mean a fire sparks easier or a fire that's already been ignited could grow stronger or spread faster.

It's important to remember that even though two counties in our viewing area aren't "officially" under this warning, the impacts remain the same for everyone. Different NWS offices have different criteria, but that doesn't mean there's a lack of risk.

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What does this mean for you?

Residents should avoid outdoor burning! Use extreme caution if you choose to grill outside and make sure any charcoal is cold to the touch. Do not leave anything unattended as sparks and embers can blow around quickly with windy conditions. Also, don't throw cigarettes or matches onto the ground.

Contact Brittany Van Voorhees at bvanvoorhe@wcnc.com and follow her on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

 🌩️ If you like weather, watch Brad Panovich and the WCNC Charlotte First Warn Weather Team on their YouTube channel, Weather IQ. 🎥  

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