Increased Chance for Wildfires Today; Take Caution Igniting Flames
The National Weather Service has issued an enhanced threat for wildfires late this afternoon and early evening.
This is especially important to keep in mind because on Friday, a fire at a home in Centreville was started when an unidentified passerby improperly discarded smoking materials into the mulch near the structure. Damage is estimated at $160,000.
Northwest winds will gust around 20 to 25 mph today behind a cold front across most of Maryland, northern and central Virginia. The relative humidity will drop to around 30 percent and fuel moisture remains low due to little rainfall over the last several days. The combination of gusty winds, low relative humidity and low fuel moisture will enhance the threat for the spread of wildfires during this time.
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 (grills, etc.), discarding cigarettes and handling other flammable materials that may lead to brush and wildfires.