BALTIMORE — ****HIGH FIRE DANGER TODAY***
A Red Flag Warning has been issued from 12pm today through 8pm this evening for Cecil, Carroll, Baltimore, Frederick, Harford, Kent Caroline, Queen Anne's, Talbot, Washington, Howard, Allegany, Prince Georges, Charles, and Montgomery counties in Maryland along with all counties in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.
Fire concerns are very high with the recent dry spell and dry crunchy plant material below. Strong southwest winds gusting upwards of 20-30 mph will combine with low relative humidity values to create an enhanced danger for wildfires.
This danger will not only be for today but also Thursday as breezy conditions remain and low humidity values stay in place. If you can please avoid burning at all costs until Friday as conditions look to improve by then. Remember, in the state of Maryland open burning is allowed between 4pm and midnight and must comply with any other burning laws in that areas jurisdiction. Please use extreme caution around open flames such as bbq grills and fire-pits. Also remember to extinguish tobacco products such a cigarettes and cigars in a safe manner. CLICK here for more on wildfire prevention & for the full list of burning regulations from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
Relief from this short dry spell comes Friday and early next week with some heavy rainfall. This will not only turn much our vegetation from brown to green but also quell additional concerns this Spring fire season ahead. Stay tuned to WMAR2News and wmar2news.com/weather for the latest.