Red Flag Warning


There is a red flag warning up for the Alabama counties in the WHNT News 19 viewing audience. This includes Lauderdale, Colbert, Franklin, Limestone, Lawrence, Madison, Morgan, Cullman, Jackson, Marshall, and DeKalb counties from noon until 6pm this afternoon.


What does this mean? It means relative humidity will hover around 20%-25% during the afternoon. There is a chance if fires do start, they can spread quickly and become dangerous and out of control. Here are a few tips:

  • No outdoor burning
  • Discard cigarettes properly
  • If burning is absolutely necessary, do it in the morning.


You might ask, it’s been very wet as of late, why should be use caution when it comes to outdoor burning? Low humidities can dry out the surface very quickly. The soil might be “wet” from recent rainfall, but the grass and upper brush can dry out in these conditions. Adding any wind to the equation heightens the problem. Also the heavy rain can have a downside. That helps vegetation grow faster, giving fires more “fuel” to burn and spread quickly.

Higher humidity and rain chances increase by late Thursday and Friday.

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