Red Flag Warning Issued for Kona, South Kohala
UPDATE: The NWS fire alert (red flag warning) has been extended. Initially, it was in effect through 6 pm Monday, Sept. 20. It is now in effect through 6 pm Tuesday, Sept. 21.
The National Weather Service in Honolulu issued a red flag warning for Kona and South Kohala, which remains in effect till Tuesday, Sept. 21, at 6 pm.
Gusty winds, dry fuels and low relative humidity will cause elevated fire danger today. Any fires that develop will spread rapidly and be difficult to control. Outdoor burning is not recommended.
East to northeast trade winds of 20 to 25 mph with gusts up to 40 mph are expected, with humidity anticipated between 35-45% during the afternoon hours.
NOTE: A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will shortly. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior. A red flag warning does not predict new fire starts.