Red Flag Warning Issued For Several Eastern Ky. Counties

High fire danger - 04/11/18

High fire danger - 04/11/18

High winds and low humidity have resulted in a Red Flag warning for Northern Virginia, D.C. and neighboring areas through 8 p.m. Thursday.

"In response to weather forecasts for Thursday, April 12, the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) urges people to help prevent wildfires by postponing open-air fires until conditions improve".

"Any fires that develop or are ongoing will likely exhibit rapid and erratic growth and behavior", the weather service website said.

Let's briefly examine why we're in this situation.

The U.S. Drought Monitor has placed much of the region in either its "abnormally dry" or "moderate drought" categories. These dry conditions remove moisture from vegetation, turning it into "fuel" that can burn quickly if ignited. Temperatures will start off the morning in the upper 50s but only make it to 67 for the high. Such winds can fan the flames once a fire initiates.

A Red Flag warning is in place from 11 a.m.to 7 p.m. on Wednesday and from 10 a.m.to 9 p.m. on Thursday. The strong will tomorrow should weaken by around 5pm with gust no more than 35 miles per hour. If you see a fire, report it immediately.

Friday appears to have the highest wildfire potential, especially as a wind shift occurs with the passage of a cold front during the afternoon and evening hours, according to the National Weather Service.

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