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Red flag warning extended for leeward areas of Hawaii

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                                A red flag warning is currently in effect today.

    COURTESY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HONOLULU

    A red flag warning is currently in effect today.

UPDATE: 3:16 p.m.

The red flag warning for all leeward areas has been extended until 6 p.m. Monday.

The combination of low humidity, gusty winds and dry fuels create a high risk for extreme fire behavior especially during afternoon hours, according to the National Weather Service.

“Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly and be difficult to control,” forecasters said.

Forecasters said to expect east to northeast winds of 15 to 30 mph with gusts of 50 mph and 40 to 45 percent humidity in the afternoon. There are no thunderstorms expected.

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A red flag warning is currently in effect until 6 p.m. today for the leeward sides of all Hawaiian Islands.

The red flag warning means critical fire weather conditions are occurring now or will soon, but does not predict when new fires start.

“The combination of dry fuels, strong and gusty trade winds and low relative humidity levels could produce extreme fire behavior today, especially during the afternoon hours. Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly and be difficult to control,” according to the National Weather Service in Honolulu.

Forecasters said to expect east to northeast winds of 15 to 30 mph with gusts of 50 mph and 38 to 45 percent humidity in the afternoon. There are no thunderstorms expected.

Outdoor burning is not recommended as fires that develop will likely spread quickly, forecasters said.

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