Critical fire weather conditions exist for portions of Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado, producing an increased risk of wildfire danger. The American Red Cross is monitoring the situation and has safety steps people should follow.
A Red Flag warning means conditions exist that could lead to fires. Warm temperatures, low humidity and strong winds combine to heighten the possibility of wildfires and any fires that start with these conditions can spread quickly and become uncontrollable.
The National Weather Service asks people in these areas to avoid outdoor burning. People should also:
Be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice. Check your emergency kit and replenish any items missing or in short supply, especially medications or medical supplies. Listen to local area radio, NOAA radio or TV stations for the latest wildfire information. Find more information on the Red Cross wildfire safety page.
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The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
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