Increased Fire Danger For The High Country Through Sunday

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The National Weather Service is warning of increased fire danger for Saturday afternoon through Sunday for southwest Virginia and Northwest North Carolina.

In the NWS statement issued on Friday afternoon it reads:

…INCREASED FIRE DANGER FOR SATURDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH SUNDAY ACROSS
SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA AND NORTHWEST NORTH CAROLINA…

A STRONG COLD FRONT WILL MOVE THROUGH THE REGION SATURDAY. BEHIND
THE FRONT…WINDS WILL INCREASE FROM THE NORTHWEST TO AROUND 15
TO 30 MPH…WITH OCCASIONAL GUSTS TO NEAR 40 TO NEAR 55 MPH
POSSIBLE. THE HIGHEST WIND GUSTS WILL OCCUR ACROSS THE HIGHEST
ELEVATIONS OF NORTHWEST NORTH CAROLINA SATURDAY AFTERNOON INTO
SUNDAY.

THESE WINDS COMBINED WITH LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITIES OF 28-48 PERCENT
AND DRY LEAF LITTER WILL LEAD TO AN INCREASED DANGER OF RAPID FIRE
GROWTH SATURDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH SUNDAY.

OUTDOOR BURNING IS DISCOURAGED SATURDAY THROUGH SUNDAY…AS ANY
FIRES COULD QUICKLY GROW OUT OF CONTROL.

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