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Trees burn in the Coal Hollow Fire August 9, 2018. The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning that will be in effect through the weekend and into the night of July 4. And Southwest Fire Managers have expanded fire restrictions to include Beaver County. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

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ST. GEORGE – The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning that will be in effect through the weekend and into the night of July 4. And Southwest Fire Managers have expanded fire restrictions to include Beaver County.

The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for wind and low relative humidity, which is in effect from Saturday noon to Monday 9 p.m. The affected area includes large tracts of land in Washington, Iron and Beaver counties.

Southerly winds of 15 to 25 mph gusting up to 35 mph were forecast for Saturday afternoon through evening, then southerly winds of 20 to 30 mph gusting up to 45 mph Sunday and Monday afternoon until evening. Winds are expected to ease overnight. Relative humidity should be between 8-12%, with low overnight recoveries of 20-30%.

Critical fire weather conditions are likely to occur. Any new or existing fire can spread quickly.

The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for the shaded area of ​​the map that will be in effect through the weekend and into the night of July 4.
The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for the shaded area of ​​the map that will be in effect through the weekend and into the night of July 4. (Photo: National Weather Service)

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