Enhanced Threat for Spread of Wildfires Today

Posted at 9:20 a.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a special weather statement for an enhanced threat for the spread of wildfires today in Fairfax County, and the National Capital region.

NWS reports that northwest winds will average between 10 and 15 mph today with frequent gusts around 20 to 25 mph. The relative humidity will drop to between 30 and 40 percent and fuel moisture will remain low due to the recent dry conditions.

Please be careful igniting any flames, discarding cigarettes and handling other flammable materials that may lead to brush and wildfires.

The combination of gusty winds, low relative humidity and low fuel moisture will enhance the threat for the spread of wildfires across Northern and Central Virginia, most of Maryland and Eastern West Virginia through this afternoon.

For many people, the words “wildfire” and “Virginia” might not seem to go together, but wildfire risk is a genuine concern. Each year, according to VDF, about 1,600 wildfires consume a total of 8,000-10,000 acres of forest and grassland in the state. The Virginia Department of Forestry (VDF) reminds residents that the Fall wildfire season continues through Nov. 30. The wildfire season means that conditions are ideal for wildfires at this time of year.

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