Windy, warm late-week weather leads to enhanced wildfire risk

Fire Weather Watch

Strong southwest winds with gusts in the 30 MPH range combined with low relative humidity values will create an enhanced wildfire risk Thursday afternoon and Friday. 

A Fire Weather Watch will remain in effect from 1:00 PM Thursday until 7:00 PM Thursday for Barbour, Braxton, Doddridge, Lewis, Harrison, Gilmer, Ritchie, Tyler, Taylor, Upshur, Randolph, Pocahontas & Webster Counties. Additional counties may also be added to the watch area in the future. 

Any wildfires that develop will likely spread quickly due to windy, dry conditions. Outdoor burning is not recommended during the watch time-frame. Remember, outdoor burning of any kind is prohibited between the hours of 7:00 AM and 5:00 PM in West Virginia until May 31st. Please use extreme caution around open flame/sparks, while grilling and extinguishing tobacco products. 

Wetter weekend weather will provide relief from the dry conditions and will help local vegetation to ‘green up’ quickly. Stay tuned to WBOY and for the latest. CLICK here for the more on wildfire prevention/burning regulations from the West Virginia Division of Forestry. 

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