Most of Central and Southern Indiana continues to be under a “Red Flag Warning” for fire risk. The advisory went into effect Wednesday but forecasters decided to extend it, saying critical fire weather conditions still exist. National Weather Service Meteorologist Joseph Nield says the problem is it’s been too dry for too long.
“As dry as we’ve been for the last several months what little precipitation we have gotten has come in bits and starts and just small amounts at one time. We just haven’t had the type of rainfall that we need to really moisten things up.”
Nield says the Weather Service uses three criteria—wind speed, dry conditions, and relative humidity– when deciding whether to issue these types of warnings.