The Frederick County Fire Marshal’s Office has issued a total ban on outdoor burning effective immediately until 8:00 p.m. this evening, April 24, 2015. All outdoor burning, including recreational fires, is prohibited.
The National Weather Service issued a special weather statement this morning for Frederick County that stated the combination of dry humidity and breezy conditions will lead to an enhanced threat for the spread of wildfires.
Residents are encouraged to exercise caution when handling any potential ignition source, including machinery, cigarettes and matches. Be sure to properly discard all smoking materials. Be aware that any dry grasses and tree litter that ignite have the potential to spread quickly.
…ENHANCED FIRE THREAT EXPECTED TODAY…
MINIMUM RELATIVE HUMIDITY VALUES ARE EXPECTED TO DROP INTO THE LOW TO MID 20S ACROSS MUCH OF THE REGION BY EARLY THIS AFTERNOON.
IN ADDITION…WEST TO NORTHWEST WINDS WILL INCREASE TO 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 25 MPH BY LATE MORNING AND PERSIST THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON BEFORE DIMINISHING BY EARLY EVENING. THE COMBINATION OF DRY HUMIDITIES AND BREEZY CONDITIONS WILL LEAD TO AN ENHANCED THREAT FOR THE SPREAD OF WILDFIRES.
RESIDENTS ARE URGED TO EXERCISE CAUTION HANDLING ANY POTENTIAL IGNITION SOURCE…INCLUDING MACHINERY…CIGARETTES…AND MATCHES. BE SURE TO PROPERLY DISCARD ALL SMOKING MATERIALS. ANY DRY GRASSES AND TREE LITTER THAT IGNITE WILL HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO SPREAD QUICKLY.