Strong winds, dry conditions can enhance threat of wildfires
Spring brings with it lots of sunshine and beautiful flowering trees in full bloom all around us, but also warmer temperatures and oftentimes strong winds and dry conditions that can spark wildfires. Just this week (April 3, 2021), the National Weather Service issued a special statement of an enhanced threat for the spread of wildfires due to windy and dry conditions in the Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. region. NWS officials are urging area residents to be careful with any source of ignition and to dispose of smoking materials properly.
While the Easter weekend weather was beautiful with clear blue skies and temperatures hovering around 70, the winds were around 10 to 15 mph with frequent gusts of 20 to 25 mph on Easter Sunday, with humidity between 20 and 30 percent.
"Residents are urged to exercise caution handling any potential ignition source, including machinery, cigarettes and matches," the National Weather Service advised. "Be sure to properly discard all smoking materials. Any dry grasses and tree litter that ignite will have the potential to spread quickly."
The NWS offers these safety tips:
- Take ashes outside, away from the house and combustible material.
- Put ashes in a metal bucket/container.
- Always use a metal container; never use a plastic or paper bag.
- Completely immerse the materials in water.
- Clear an area for the container — possibly down to dirt, ruling out the possibility that grass could catch fire if it were knocked over.
- Allow the contents to soak for at least a week.
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