In my view, the worst named warning is the Red Flag Warning. What the hell does that mean to anyone who is not savvy about fire weather? As noted in the National Weather Service graphic below, "red flag warnings alert fire managers on federal lands to conditions that are highly unfavorable for prescribed burns that may lead to especially dangerous wildfire growth."
There's nothing wrong with that, but many wildfires are started by people who are not professional fire managers. As noted in a tweet by @UtahWildfire today, there have been 27 human-caused fires in Utah over the last two days. That is simply unacceptable.
It is time to change the name of Red Flag Warning to something that better indicates the threat and hazard to everyone. In addition to the importance of communication for local residents, a better named warning would improve communications with the many visitors to the American southwest who may be coming from regions where the wildfire threat is limited or non-existent.27 human-caused fires in Utah over the last two days. pic.twitter.com/0imb7TXogh— Utah Fire Info (@UtahWildfire) June 29, 2018