‘Red flag’ fire weather warning in effect today
A “red flag” warning for weather conducive to wildfires is in effect today, Nov. 4, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. for 73 Georgia counties including Gilmer, according to the National Weather Service.
A red flag warning means critical fire weather conditions will occur within 24 hours. The warning was issued late yesterday afternoon.
Winds of 15-20 mph – and gusting from 25-30 mph – are expected today, and low relative humidity is prevalent throughout north and central Georgia. Higher elevations in the north Georgia mountains may experience even greater wind speeds.
The NWS said “impacts” will likely include that any ongoing wildfires, and fires that develop today, will spread rapidly. Outdoor burning of any kind is strongly discouraged and is already banned in most locations.
Gilmer Fire Chief Tony Pritchett issued an immediate outdoor burning ban throughout the county yesterday that remains in effect.