Red flag warning issued for San Angelo Saturday

No camp fires, open flames or throwing cigarette butts out of windows Saturday. It could cause a fire.  The National Weather Service in San Angelo has issued a red flag warning for the Concho Valley from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.Saturday

A red flag warning means that fire danger is high because of conditions. One of the criteria for issuing a red flag warning is for the relative humidity to fall below 20 percent.

“The relative humidity will drop this afternoon. A combination of humidity below 20 percent (dry air), high winds and unseasonably warm temperatures like we’ll see this afternoon contribute to fire danger.” said National Weather Service Meteorologist Matt Groh.

A high of 84 degrees is forecast for Saturday. Wind speeds are expected to increase to 15 to 20 miles per hour in the afternoon. Saturday night, the low is expected to be 48 degrees.

Because of the heightened fire danger, the NWS asks citizens to be cautious and avoid activities that could spark a fire.

“Avoid working with tools or anything that produces an open flame.” Groh said. “Don’t throw cigarette butts out the window. Sometimes driving a vehicle through high grass could start a fire.”

Fires will spread quickly with winds up to 30 mph to flame them. Take precautions as needed.