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The National Weather Service has issued a statement warning of an "enhanced threat for the spread of wildfires this afternoon." Low humidity and winds are contributing factors to this NWS statement.
Please be extra vigilant of practicing good fire safety habits today. Be mindful that careless discarding of smoking materials could ignite outside fires that could be challenging for firefighters to extinguish. The use of charcoal grills and power tools that produce "sparks" could also accidentally ignite an outside fire.
While we want everyone to practice fire safe habits all the time it is particularly important today!!!
SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC 837 AM EDT FRI MAR 14 2014 ...ENHANCED THREAT FOR THE SPREAD OF WILDFIRES THIS AFTERNOON... SOUTHWEST WINDS WILL BE SUSTAINED AROUND 15 MPH WITH FREQUENT GUSTS AROUND 25 MPH THIS AFTERNOON ACROSS MOST OF MARYLAND...NORTHERN AND CENTRAL VIRGINIA...AND EASTERN WEST VIRGINIA. THE RELATIVE HUMIDITY WILL DROP TO BETWEEN 15 AND 25 PERCENT ACROSS MOST LOCATIONS. THE COMBINATION OF GUSTY WINDS...LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY AND LOW FUEL MOISTURE WILL ENHANCE THE THREAT FOR THE SPREAD OF WILDFIRES. OPEN BURNING OF ANY TYPE IS CONSIDERED VERY HAZARDOUS THIS TIME OF YEAR. ACCIDENTAL ESCAPED DEBRIS BURNS ARE THE NUMBER ONE CAUSE OF WILDFIRES.