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The Latest: Fire weather watch on Sunday upgraded to warning

June 9, 2018

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Latest on Arizona wildfires (all times local):

9:05 a.m.

The National Weather Service has upgraded a fire weather watch issued for much of northern Arizona on Sunday to a red flag warning of critical wildfire conditions.

The upgrade means most of northern Arizona is covered by red flag warnings both Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. MST.

The warning area Saturday stretches from the Arizona-California line on the west into Navajo County on the east and from the Arizona-Utah line on the north to Prescott, Sedona and Winslow on the south

A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring or are imminent, and forecasters say a combination of strong winds and low relative humidity can contribute to extreme fire behavior.

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8:40 a.m.

Authorities are warning that much of northern Arizona will have dangerous wildfire conditions this weekend.

The National Weather Service issued a fled flag warning for the region from late morning to early evening Saturday and a fire weather watch for the equivalent period on Sunday.

A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring or are imminent, and forecasters say a combination of strong winds and low relative humidity can contribute to extreme fire behavior.

The weather service says peak wind gusts of 40 mph (64 kph) are forecast Saturday at Flagstaff, Seligman and Grand Canyon Village, 41 mph (66 kph) at Williams and 32 mph (51 kph) at Prescott and Show Low.

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