The National Weather Service Forecast Office in Boulder has issued a Red Flag Warning from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. for Friday, April 22 due to “extreme fire weather conditions and high winds expected” throughout the day.
RED FLAG WARNING KEY POINTS: (See full briefing packet.)
- Any new fires would exhibit rapid spread, and be difficult if not impossible to control
- Strong winds gusting to 40-60 mph, very low humidity, unseasonably warm temperatures
- Have a “To Go” bag ready in the event of a fast-moving wildfire and required evacuation
- Areas of blowing dust with poor visibility and hazardous travel over the plains
Additionally, the North Metro Fire Rescue District and Broomfield Police Department have issued the following fire restrictions:
LEVEL 2 FIRE RESTRICTIONS:
- No outdoor burning with an open flame,
- No smoking outdoors near combustible materials,
- No tossing your cigarettes outside,
- No outside activity that could cause sparks (i.e. welding, grinding, soldering, etc.)
- You can still use your propane grills and gas fire pits, but that's it.
With dry conditions, low humidity, and high winds increasing the risk of fire, please practice extra precautions, and check out the following tips to prepare for an emergency.
- Develop, discuss and practice your family emergency action plan (don’t forget to include your pets!)
- Pre-pack “go-kits” for your home and car to include important papers, prescriptions, phone numbers, pictures, etc.
- Sign up for emergency notifications or verify your registration is correct.
- Pre-fill out your personal information and medical details to help first responders via Smart911
- Follow official information sources now to receive the most up-to-date and accurate information. In Broomfield, these include the channels listed below.