ANOTHER BREEZY DAY EXPECTED AS PRESSURE GRADIENT BETWEEN BUILDING HIGH PRESSURE TO OUR WEST AND DEPARTING NOR-EASTER OVER NEW ENGLAND REMAINS. GUSTS TO 20 TO 30 MPH ARE NOT OUT OF THE QUESTION...ESPECIALLY IN THE MOUNTAINS AND ADJACENT FOOTHILLS. THESE WINDS SHOULD DIMINISH SATURDAY NIGHT AS THE HIGH MOVES IN FROM THE SOUTHWEST. HUMIDITY MINIMUMS OF 20 TO 30 PERCENT ARE POSSIBLE SATURDAY ACROSS THE FOOTHILLS AND PIEDMONT AS WELL. IN SPITE OF THE GOOD DRYING CONDITIONS...FUEL MOISTURE LEVELS ARE STILL RELATIVELY HIGH FROM RECENT RAINFALL...SO NO SIGNIFICANT FIRE WEATHER CONCERNS AT THE PRESENT TIME.
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Firewise for Fall
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The weather is getting cooler and the days shorter
, and many of us are cleaning up our homes and property for the winter. This is a great time to survey your land and take stock. Are there trees that need to be limbed? Are tall grasses leading right to your home that need to be mowed? Perhaps there is even a tree touching your home that could bring fire right to your door. Now is the time to tackle that Firewise to-do list. After you have reduced the fuels around your home , you probably have quite a bit of burnable material. Time to light the match , right? Maybe! Fall weather can provide good opportunities for safe burning. However , fall in Virginia is a time of increased wildfire danger. If you’re planning on doing any burning , check with your local officials. If there are no burning restrictions in place , select a day with little or no wind , keep your piles small and have tools and water nearby. Do you have to burn? Consider mulching your debris or other safe alternatives.