Fire Weather Watch issued for region

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The National Weather Service has issued a Fire Weather Watch for the region continues through  March 21.

The watch was put into place due to relative humidity levels dropping below 20%, resulting in extremely dry conditions.

The high winds with gusts of up to 45 miles per hour present an extreme danger of rapid fire spread.

Residents are reminded to exercise caution in outdoor activities and stay in compliance with Virginia’s 4 pm burning law which prohibits open air burning prior to 4 pm within 300 feet of woods or dry grass.

The National Weather Service reports similar conditions anticipated for Thursday, March 21st.

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A fire weather watch has been issued for the region

The National Weather Service in Washington DC Baltimore MD has issued a high wind fire weather watch for the region.

Winds will be steady at 20 to 30 miles per hour with peak gust of 60 miles per hour at times along the Allegheny front east to Interstate 81.

This will affect the areas from Hagerstown Maryland to Staunton Virginia and all points in between Thursday evening Dec. 2 through Friday afternoon Dec. 3.

The high winds combined with the dry conditions create what is called a fire weather situation that will fuel and could rapidly spread any fire.

Use of fire in anyway would be discouraged through the period.

All smoking materials should always be disposed of properly especially during high winds.

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