Red Flag Warning: Gaines, Region Braces for Extreme Winds

Colder than average temperatures continue into next week

NWS said conditions should gradually improve after 7 p.m.

"Fire season is upon us", said Capt. Brian Keeley of Northwest Fire District., which on Wednesday was called on to put out a one-acre brush fire - believed to be human-caused -near a roadside in Continental Ranch. Photos from theArizona Department of Transportation show poor visibility on State Route 347 north of Maricopa, on Loop 202 in Chandler and on Interstate 10 south of the Phoenix/Chandler border.

On Friday, areas of blowing dust is anticipated after 1 p.m. with a high near 68.

Forecasters with the National Weather Service are warning that parts of New Mexico are in for more windy conditions later this week and that means higher fire danger. The combination of strong winds, increased temperatures and low humidity will create extremely unsafe fire weather conditions Thursday.

Extended: Temperatures will still be above-average tomorrow, and we'll have EXTREME FIRE DANGER.

A Red Flag Warning will remain in effect from 12:00 PM Thursday until 8:00 PM Thursday for Barbour, Braxton, Doddridge, Lewis, Harrison, Gilmer, Ritchie, Tyler, Taylor, Upshur, Randolph, Pocahontas & Webster Counties.

"Any fires that develop or are ongoing will likely exhibit rapid and erratic growth and behavior", the weather service website said. Temperatures will drop as well, only climbing to the 40s and 50s.



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