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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