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Fourth of July weekend weather conditions ripe for fires

Jul 1, 2022, 3:30 PM | Updated: 3:32 pm

The National Weather Service of Salt Lake City says there is a red flag warning in effect for Weste...

The National Weather Service of Salt Lake City says there is a red flag warning in effect for Western Utah. Photo Credit: NWS Salt Lake City Twitter.

SALT LAKE CITY —  Red flag warnings are in effect for the western half of the state starting midday Saturday through Monday, according to the National Weather Service of Salt Lake City.

Strong, gusty south winds coupled with Utah’s dry conditions are a perfect recipe for fires to spread out of control quickly.

“We should see gusts just a little bit over 30 miles per hour in areas,” said Weather Service Meteorologist Glen Merill. “[The winds are] especially focused in the western valley areas across Utah south of I-80.”

Sunday and Monday, Merill said, the winds will get stronger.

“We could see local gusts approaching 45 miles per hour.

Merill said with lots of people out celebrating for the 4th of July, it’s especially important for people to be vigilant this weekend with any type of spark.

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Fourth of July weekend weather conditions ripe for fires