So, in the parlance of safety, a red flag generally isn't a good and happy sign (unless you are a surfer at North Hampton Beach, in which case it rocks!)
For us it means "Critical Fire Danger."
The weeks without real rainfall, the sun and warmth, and the winds have dedicated the surface duff, leaves and brush, such that any fire, should it start would spread quickly and be hard to contain.
Interestingly, the Fire Danger rating scale is only at the HIGH or VERY HIGH level. It can co higher to EXTREME! Extreme is usually used where a fire is in progress in the area.
At the Lodge right now we have it posted for VERY HIGH.
No fires. No cigarettes. Careful with gas power tools.
The hard deep freeze of last night beat up the magnolia pretty bad with all of its flowers brown and wilted.
The daffodils did allright, as did the hyacinths, blood wort , and bulbs.
Enjoy the weather, even if chilly, because... tomorrow may rain, so today I'll follow the sun.