Red Flag Warning means poor air quality

The National Weather Service in Seattle issued a Red Flag Warning for wind and low relative humidity from noon Sept. 9 to midnight Sept. 11.

Kitsap Public Health District is also saying Sept. 10 will be smoky and could bring unhealthy air quality levels.

The Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either imminent or occurring. Any fires will likely spread quickly. Outdoor burning is not recommended.

This warning is caused by a combination of moderate breezes, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures that can contribute to rapid rates of spread and down-wind spotting on fires. If a fire were to begin, air quality may diminish.

Temperatures were expected in the 80s to around 90 degrees with humidity as low as 20%. Winds were expected out of the Northeast from 10 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30.

In a related manner, Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue is sending some firefighters to Oregon to assist in fighting a wildfire there.