Red Flag Warnings & What They Mean
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- As temperatures become higher and hotter, Colorado lands become more at risk for wildfires. When residents hear that a red flag warning has been issued, officials recommend that no one burn at all. Red Flag Warnings do not make it illegal to burn if you have a permit, but if the fire gets out of control, officials say the person who started the fire will have to pay for the cost since he/she knew the risk. "A Red Flag warning is a combination of live fuel moisture form the vegetation, wind, and relative humidities; the way that works is that goes through our predicted services in Rocky Mountain Coordinating Center, and that goes to the National Weather Service along with us flagging the fuels as being dry and available to burn," said Chris Farinetti, with the UCR Unit. When fire restrictions do occur, that means the restricted area was in a 90 percentile fire danger zone for more than six days in a row. The only way to get out of a restriction is when the restricted area is in a 75 percentile fire danger zone for six days in a row. Officials say Red Flag Warnings hold for 24 hours.