Kauai News

Fire Watch Upgraded to Warning, Officials Report

Posted September 3, 2021, 7:30 AM HST

The red flag fire watch has been upgraded to a warning for the leeward areas of Kaua‘i County, the National Weather Service in Honolulu reports.

The warning is in effect till 6 p.m., however, the warning may be extended, dropped or modified as conditions develop.

A red flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will occur shortly. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior.

A Red Flag Warning does not predict new fire starts.

Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly in these conditions, according to the National Weather Service. The public should not participate in any outdoor burning.

For weather updates, call the National Weather Service automated weather line at 808-245-6001, or visit the NWS website, http://www.weather.gov/hfo.

To sign up for Blackboard Connect, the county’s emergency notification service, go to the county’s website, http://www.kauai.gov, or call the Kaua‘i Emergency Management Agency at 808-241-1800.