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Reg Flag Warning Issued Through This Evening

April 3rd, 2019 by WCBC Radio

Allegany and surrounding counties remain in a Red Flag Warning issued by the National Weather Service until 8 p.m. Wednesday.

“With the dry conditions, gusty winds and dry fuel…conditions are favorable for outside fires,” Allegany County Department of Emergency Services Deputy Director Roger Bennett said. “We urge citizens to remain vigilant today to any fire activity.”

Bennett added that even small fires that may be perceived as controlled can quickly burn out of control, potentially jeopardizing lives and property.

A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring or will shortly, Jeremy Geiger, meteorologist with the National Weather Service said. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and low fuel moisture can contribute to extreme fire behavior.

“We typically see events like this in the Spring before trees and bushes have greened-up,” Geiger said. “We worry about the dry branches and underbrush that can burn rapidly.

The National Weather Service is predicting winds from the west 15-25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph through Wednesday evening.

Bennett and Geiger emphasized that outdoor burning is not recommended.

Washington County in Maryland; Bedford, Fulton and Franklin counties in Pennsylvania; Mineral, Morgan, Berkeley, Jefferson, Pendleton and Grant counties in West Virginia remain under the same warning until 8 p.m.

Follow Allegany County Department of Emergency Services on Facebook and Twitter @AlleganyCoDES for updates.



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