Weather Service Issues Red Flag Warning For Shreveport Today
Due to extremely high temperatures and extremely dry conditions caused by a severe shortage of rainfall, the Louisiana State Fire Marshal has issued a state wide burn ban that makes most all forms of outside burning illegal.
However, the weather we are currently experiencing has deteriorated to a level that the National Weather Service in Shreveport feels as though we need to be reminded how dangerously susceptible to fire that current conditions have made the area.
Due to these conditions, and after coordinating with Fire Weather partners and surrounding offices, the National Weather Service in Shreveport has issued a Red Flag Warning for critical to extreme fire weather conditions today from 7:00 am until 8:00 pm for areas near and south of I-20.
A Red Flag Warning means that extreme fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will shortly. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and dry vegetation can contribute to extreme fire behavior. Avoid all outside burning and welding. Do not toss lit cigarette butts outside.
The National Weather Service goes on to say that while wind speeds do not directly meet Red Flag Warning criteria, given increasingly dry fuels and partner concerns, it was decided to preemptively increase fire weather messaging once again.
Couple this with the Excessive Heat Warning issued through 9:00 am Tuesday for dangerously hot conditions and heat index values up to or exceeding 115 degrees and you can easily see how dangerous this situation is.
Just stay indoors if possible and certainly keep your eyes peeled for any conditions that might indicate a possible fire condition. If you spot anything, notify authorities immediately.