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Wind Advisory Issued In Arizona, Triggers Red-Flag Warning

The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory on Wednesday covering south central and southwest Arizona. Sustained winds of 20 to 30 miles per hour are expected with gusts up to 45 miles per hour are expected.  

The Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management has issued a red-flag warning indicating the dry and windy conditions increase the likelihood of an outdoor burn spreading.

Department spokesperson Tiffany Davila discussed the dangers under these conditions.

“It’s very important that people pay attention when they’re working outdoors, especially on days like today. Just try to avoid burning altogether or using any type of equipment that throws off sparks. You can put it off for a couple of days, it will be OK," said Davila.

Wildfire season in the Southwest traditionally began in May and ran through October. In recent years, Forestry and Fire Management has stopped thinking of these fires in seasonal terms.

“We can have a fire at any time of the year," Davila said. "Our wildfire season has gone from a few months to year round. So, it’s very important that people pay attention when they’re doing something outside, when they’re recreating and just stay vigilant.”

Wednesday's wind advisory extends from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Richard Copeland was a senior producer on KJZZ’s The Show from 2019 to August 2023.