A Red Flag Warning is in effect for Jasper County from noon today to 9 p.m. this evening for extreme fire conditions. The Newton Fire Department asks that you use extreme caution if engaging in any activities that could start a fire and advise that outdoor burning should wait until conditions improve.
A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will shortly. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior. Winds will be out of the west at 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 55 mph; relative humidity will drop between 20 and 25 percent (it's gonna be dry) and any fires that ignite may spread rapidly and exhibit extreme fire behavior.