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Red flag warning extended for leeward areas across the state

HFD keeps up with a busy season for brush fires in the summer months. (Image: Hawaii News Now)
HFD keeps up with a busy season for brush fires in the summer months. (Image: Hawaii News Now)
Published: Sep. 2, 2021 at 9:47 PM HST|Updated: Sep. 3, 2021 at 4:23 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The National Weather Service extended a red flag warning for parched leeward areas on most islands as the possibility of gusty winds and low humidity could prompt fires.

The warning has been issued until 6 p.m. on Saturday for leeward areas of Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Maui and Hawaii Island.

The weather service said that a lack of significant rainfall during the summer has caused fuels, such as brush and grass, to become very dry.

Trade winds of 20 to 30 miles per hour with higher gusts are expected, along with humidity levels near 40 to 45 percent from the late morning to late afternoon Friday. That will contribute to critical fire conditions, and any fires that develop can spread rapidly.

The National Weather Service has issued a fire weather watch for the islands.
The National Weather Service has issued a fire weather watch for the islands.(National Weather Service)

Outdoor burning is not recommended.

Many leeward areas remain under severe drought conditions, with parts of Maui under extreme drought.

Officials said the warning may be extended, dropped or modified as conditions develop.

This story will be updated.

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