Seeing a red flag at the beach means something different than seeing a red flag in Louisiana.

There have been countless reports recently of forest fires across the country including here in Louisiana. Not only do Louisiana residents need to take necessary precautions in this extreme heat warning but now the majority of the state is under a Red Flag Warning.

Here is everything you need to know about the current Red Flag Warning and what it means for Acadiana.

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Karsten Winegeart Via Unsplash
Karsten Winegeart Via Unsplash

What is a Red Flag Warning?

This warning serves as a reminder of the increased risk of wildfires, driven by dry conditions, low humidity, and gusty winds—a dangerous combination that can lead to unpredictable situations. There is a high potential for fires to spread rapidly and cause widespread damage.

The humidity level is as low as 25% with an average daily temperature anywhere between 95-105 degrees. These are the perfect conditions for a fire to spread rapidly.

The warning will remain in place until Wednesday, August 22nd at 8 pm unless the National Weather Service extends the warning due to weather conditions not improving.

Who's Under A Red Flag Warning?

The following map indicates who specifically is under the Red Flag Warning. It's crucial that those under the warning follow the burn ban restrictions and keep a watchful eye for any possible threats or signs of a wildfire. The neighboring areas not included in the current Red Flag Warning are still at risk and it is recommended that they remain cautious because wildfires could still pose a threat.

Google Maps
Google Maps Via The National Weather Service

Avoid doing the following during a Red Flag Warning:

  • throwing cigarette butts on the ground
  • parking vehicles in the grass
  • improperly disposing of BBQ pit coals or wood
  • dragging metal items on the concrete

By adhering to the current burn ban and restrictions in place you can help prevent wildfires during this Red Flag Warning. In the event that you notice smoke or the beginnings of a wildfire near you call emergency services immediately.

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