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Monday, April 9, 2012

Red Flag Warning Continues Into Monday

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930, mebrady@co.pg.md.us

For a third consecutive day the National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for Prince George's County and surrounding jurisdictions.  A combination of low humidity (dry conditions, winds and warmer temperatures have prompted this warning.  Warnings had been posted over the past weekend as well and now continue into today.  Here is today's posting by the NWS:


Event:Red Flag Warning
Alert:
...RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM THIS MORNING TO 
8 PM EDT THIS EVENING FOR MOST OF MARYLAND...NORTHERN AND 
CENTRAL VIRGINIA...AND EASTERN WEST VIRGINIA... 
 
* HUMIDITY...20 TO 30 PERCENT. 
 
* WINDS...WEST 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 35 MPH. 
 
* FUEL MOISTURE...5 TO 8 PERCENT ACROSS THE ALLEGHENY HIGHLANDS 
AND 3 TO 6 PERCENT ELSEWHERE. 
 
* IMPACTS...FIRE DANGER IS ELEVATED DUE TO DRY CONDITIONS ALONG 
WITH GUSTY WINDS. THE POTENTIAL WILL BE HIGH FOR RAPID SPREAD 
OF ANY UNCONTROLLED BRUSH OR WILDLAND FIRES.
Instructions:A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EITHER OCCURRING NOW...OR WILL SHORTLY. A COMBINATION OF STRONG WINDS...LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY...AND WARM TEMPERATURES WILL CREATE EXPLOSIVE FIRE GROWTH POTENTIAL.

The civilian, career and volunteer members of the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department ask you to follow these fire safety tips to avoid the possibility of accidentally igniting a fire outside.
  • Dispose of smoking materials in an appropriate container and ensure they are completely extinguished.  Do not discard these items into any open area as they may start a fire that will spread rapidly.  Do not dispose of smoking materials out of your vehicle when traveling.
  • Business owners and property managers should have appropriate containers that include water in areas where smoking occurs outside so materials can be disposed of safely.
  • Do not burn brush or trash ever without appropriate approval.
  • Be extremely careful and pay full-time attention if you will use outside grills or cooking equipment during these times.  If you cook outside, ensure you have some type of extinguishing agent nearby (water hose, bucket of sand, fire extinguisher, etc.).  Never leave the grille unattended.
  • If you have fireplace ashes; you must put them into a sealed metal container placed on a concrete surface away from any structures.  If possible - wait to clean your fireplace until this weather event is over.
  • Workers using power tools that generate sparks need to mindful that a fire could ignite from those sparks.  Wet down brush areas before working.
  • Use common sense and practice sound fire safety habits.

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