Elevated Fire Weather Threat Today
Posted 12:19 p.m.
The National Weather Service has issued a special statement today about the continued increase chance of fires in our area.
Today’s weather includes northwest winds around 15 mph, gusting to 25 mph coupled with relative humidity drops between 25 and 35 percent. These factors combined with low fuel moisture will create an enhanced threat for the spread of wildfires across much of northern and central Virginia, in addition to Maryland and the eastern panhandle of West Virginia.
Winds will diminish and relative humidity will increase toward sunset.
Open burning of any type is considered very hazardous this time of year. Accidental escaped debris burns are the No. 1 cause of wildfires. Please be careful igniting any flames, discarding cigarettes and handling other flammable materials that may lead to brush and wildfires.