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Posted on September 26, 2018 at 10:54 AM by Nancy Oakland-Potter
Yes. Bar-b-que/outdoor cooking is allowed during red flag warnings. According to the National Weather Service (NOAA), a Red Flag Warning means warm temperatures, very low humidities, and stronger winds are expected to combine to produce an increased risk of fire danger. Additional information can be found at: https://www.weather.gov/mqt/redflagtips
Also, according to Wikipedia, a red flag warning is a forecast warning issued by the United States National Weather Service to inform area firefighting and land management agencies that conditions are ideal for wildland fire combustion, and rapid spread. After drought conditions, when humidity is very low, and especially when there are high or erratic winds which may include lightning as a factor, the Red Flag Warning becomes a critical statement for firefighting agencies. Red flag warnings don’t necessarily indicate local fire restrictions.
Albany County Fire Warden enacts restrictions on burning within the county, and restrictions don’t always indicate a full-on fire ban.
Restrictions are typically accompanied by guidelines such as “fire must be supervised at all times” and “must have a means of extinguishment on hand” and other requirements.