Weather Alerts-Minot, ND
Fire Weather Watch from TUE 12:00 PM CDT until TUE 8:00 PM CDT (9/1/2020)
Issued By-Bismarck - ND, US, National Weather Service
...FIRE WEATHER WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM TUESDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH TUESDAY EVENING FOR WIND AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY FOR MOST OF WESTERN AND CENTRAL NORTH DAKOTA... WINDS...West 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph. RELATIVE HUMIDITY...As low as 24 percent. AFFECTED AREA...Most of western and central North Dakota. IMPACTS...Any fires that ignite could spread rapidly and become difficult to control or suppress. Near critical fire danger may then return for Wednesday. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A Fire Weather Watch means that critical fire weather conditions are possible. Listen for later forecasts and potential Red Flag Warnings.
...FIRE WEATHER WATCH TUESDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING FOR MOST OF WESTERN AND CENTRAL NORTH DAKOTA....Critical fire weather conditions are possible Tuesday afternoon and evening across most of western and central North Dakota. Relative humidity values as low as 20 percent, sustained northwest winds of 25 to 30 mph with gusts to 45 mph, and dry vegetation may create critical fire weather conditions. Any fires that ignite could spread rapidly and become difficult to control. Near critical fire danger may then return for Wednesday.
To minimize the risk of fire occurring on or near farm machinery:
- Make sure exhaust systems (including manifolds, mufflers and turbochargers) are free of leaks and in good working order. Avoid parking hot machinery on or near dry grass or other dry vegetation.
- Follow instructions when installing and operating farm machinery.
- Follow maintenance schedules and regularly clean off chaff, dust and other combustible materials.
- Keep fully charged fire extinguishers on tractors and combines, and near all farm machinery.
- Welders, grinders and cutting torches should only be used in clean areas, at least 35 feet away from any flammable and combustible materials. Welding curtains should be used to minimize the spread of sparks.