Two weather warnings from the National Weather Service are in effect in the Wood River Valley as enhanced thunderstorm activity is expected later this afternoon and evening. The warnings include a flash flood warning and a red flag warning for increased fire weather conditions.
According to the weather service, a flash flood watch for portions of central and southeast Idaho—including the Sun Valley Region and Wood River Foothills—is in effect until 10 p.m. tonight, Aug. 8. Potential heavy rainfalls and enhanced thunderstorm activity is expected. Current fires and areas impacted by wildfires in 2018 are particularly susceptible to flash flooding.
The red flag warning, meaning that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will shortly, is in effect until midnight as possible wind gusts of 40 to 50 mph will be possible in some areas. In addition, frequent lightning may result in new fires, and gusty winds may create erratic fire behavior, according to the weather service.
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