Red flag warning dropped, but gusty and dry conditions persist
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The National Weather Service has dropped a red flag warning for leeward areas of all islands, but low humidity and gusty trades mean the risk of wildfires remains.
Forecasters say the winds haven’t been comparable in strength to the Aug. 8 event, where wind gusts of over 60 mph were observed.
Trade winds are blowing 15 to 30 mph with gusts of 40 to 50 mph in some areas. The strongest wind gusts are expected to be downwind of terrain, NWS said.
In addition to staying aware, residents are advised to take steps to prevent fires:
- Refrain from all outdoor burning, including cooking
- Avoid the use of mechanized equipment outdoors, including the use of yardwork equipment
- Do not drive your vehicle in dry, tall grass. The underside of your vehicle is hot and can easily ignite grasses from your exhaust muffler.
- Ensure trailer chains do not drag on the ground
- Never throw cigarette butts or other burning items from a vehicle or into vegetation
- Be aware of wind direction and gusts that could spread fire rapidly
- Have an escape route to a clear area safe from rapid-fire spread
- Clear dry vegetation and other flammable items away from around structures
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