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Fire Danger Escalates as Winds Dry Out West PDF Print
Written by Steve Frank   
Friday, 24 February 2012 16:50

Fire officials in western North Carolina have issued a fire weather warning as of Friday afternoon, that as high winds are hitting the High Country following a frontal system.  Watauga Fire Marshal Steve Sudderth passed along the warning, as issued just before 4pm Friday: DRIER WEATHER AND GUSTY WINDS SATURDAY... .WINDS WILL BE GUSTY FROM THE WEST AND THE RELATIVE HUMIDITY WILL DROP TO AROUND 20 PERCENT SATURDAY AFTERNOON. ...FIRE WEATHER WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY MORNING THROUGH SATURDAY EVENING FOR LOW HUMIDITY AND GUSTY WINDS FOR NORTHWEST AND NORTH CENTRAL NORTH CAROLINA... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BLACKSBURG HAS ISSUED A FIRE WEATHER WATCH FOR LOW HUMIDITY AND GUSTY WINDS...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY MORNING THROUGH SATURDAY EVENING. * AFFECTED AREA...IN NORTH CAROLINA...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 001 ASHE...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 002 ALLEGHANY NC...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 003 SURRY...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 004 STOKES...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 005 ROCKINGHAM...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 006 CASWELL...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 018 WATAUGA...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 019 WILKES AND FIRE WEATHER ZONE 020 YADKIN. * WINDS...WEST 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 45 MPH. * TIMING...SATURDAY MORNING THROUGH SATURDAY EVENING * RELATIVE HUMIDITY...AS LOW AS 18 PERCENT. * TEMPERATURES...IN THE LOWER 40S. * IMPACTS...GUSTY WINDS MAY RESULT IN A RAPID SPREAD OF ANY FIRES.

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