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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Red Flag Warning Issued for Dry and Windy Weather Today


The National Weather Service has issued a "Red Flag" Warning today for Prince George's County, MD, and surrounding jurisdictions.  This warning equates to conditions of dry air, winds and dry fuel including grass and brush that can easily ignite and spread rapidly.

URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC
645 AM EDT WED APR 3 2013
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645 AM EDT WED APR 3 2013


...RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 8 PM EDT
THIS EVENING FOR EASTERN WEST VIRGINIA...NORTHERN AND CENTRAL
MARYLAND...NORTHERN VIRGINIA AND WASHINGTON DC...
* RELATIVE HUMIDITY...20 TO 25 PERCENT.
* WINDS...NORTHWEST 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 30 MPH.
* FUEL MOISTURE...5 TO 8 PERCENT.
* IMPACTS...THE COMBINATION OF GUSTY WINDS AND DRY FUELS WILL
PROMOTE RAPID SPREAD OF ANY UNCONTROLLED FIRES.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...
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 DRY FUELS WILL CREATE
EXPLOSIVE FIRE GROWTH POTENTIAL.


Please use due diligence and care today in extinguishing smoking materials; cigarettes, cigars, etc., in a proper container.



Consider safety precautions when using power tools in area of dry vegetation.

If you see a fire call 911 immediately.

Remember, Safety First Ensures Everyone Goes Home!!!

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