The National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office Guam, has issued a red flag warning for Guam, in effect until 8 p.m. this evening. 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 will create ideal conditions for rapid spread of wildfire.
Affected areas include the southern and central mountains of Guam. Wind is northeast at 15 to 20 mph with gusts of 25 to 30 mph. Any fires that develop will spread rapidly and could ignite spot fires downwind, especially along east-facing slopes.
NWS advises outdoor burning is not recommended as flying embers and ash may start spot fires downwind.
A high surf advisory remains in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan until 6 a.m. Tuesday. Hazardous surf of 8 to 10 feet is expected tonight and there is a high risk of rip currents until Tuesday morning.
Residents and visitors are advised to avoid venturing near reefs and exposed beaches, especially those facing north, as rip currents will be life threatening. NWS advises, if caught in a rip current, remain calm and swim parallel to shore and back toward the beach when possible. Do no attempt to swim directly against a rip current.
Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:
- NWS Website: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/guam/
- NWS Facebook: https: https://www.facebook.com/NWSGuam
- GHS/OCD Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GHSOCD/
For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 489-2540 or via email at email@example.com.