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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

RED FLAG WARNING for Tuesday April 10

Message:NOAA-NWS-ALERTS-MD124CA5E559A8.RedFlagWarning.124CA5E6A290MD.LWXRFWLWX.b4d3f94c9c1231f2b70c82a4368b599ffrom w-nws.webmaster@noaa.gov
Sent:04:58 EDT on 04-10-2012
Effective:04:58 EDT on 04-10-2012
Expires:13:00 EDT on 04-10-2012
Event:Red Flag Warning
Alert:
...RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 8 PM EDT 
THIS EVENING FOR MOST OF MARYLAND...NORTHERN AND CENTRAL VIRGINIA... 
 
AND EASTERN WEST VIRGINIA... 
 
* MINIMUM AFTERNOON HUMIDITY...15 TO 20 PERCENT ACROSS CENTRAL 
VIRGINIA AND LOWER SOUTHERN MARYLAND...20 TO 30 PERCENT 
ELSEWHERE. 
 
* 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...THE COMBINATION OF GUSTY WINDS AND DRY FUELS WILL 
PROMOTE RAPID SPREAD OF ANY UNCONTROLLED FIRES.
Instructions:A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EITHER OCCURRING NOW...OR WILL DURING THE WARNING TIME PERIOD. 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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