Red flag warning for Guam; outdoor burning is not recommended

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The National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office Guam have the following advisories in effect:

red flag warning is in effect for Guam until 8 p.m. this evening. A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will shortly. A fire weather watch is in effect for Guam from 8 p.m. this evening through Saturday afternoon. East winds of 15 to 25 mph with frequent higher gusts are expected. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures will create ideal conditions for rapid spread of wildfires. Outdoor burning is not recommended.

high risk of rip currents is in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan through Saturday afternoon. Rip currents are powerful channels of water flowing quickly away from shore. Dangerous and frequent rip currents are expected along east facing reefs. Strong and frequent rip currents could at times, spread to some north facing reefs.

Rip currents can sweep even the best swimmers away from shore into deeper water. If caught in a rip current, relax and float. Do not swim against the current. If able, swim parallel to the shore and back toward the beach when possible. If unable to escape, face the shore and call or wave for help. Strong rip currents are life threatening.

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind the community to avoid hazardous seas, especially east facing reefs, until conditions subside. Heed the advice of lifeguards, beach patrol flags, and signs.

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