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Special Weather Statement for Watauga, Ashe & Wilkes – Elevated Fire Danger for Saturday March 30, 2024

Last Updated on March 30, 2024 10:55 am

Special Weather Statement
National Weather Service Blacksburg VA
953 AM EDT Sat Mar 30 2024

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Including the cities of West Jefferson, Sparta, Dobson, Boone,
Wilkesboro, Tazewell, Marion, Bland, Pearisburg, Wytheville,
Radford, Pulaski, Blacksburg, Independence, Whitetop, Troutdale,
Volney, Galax, Floyd, New Castle, Clifton Forge, Covington,
Hot Springs, Roanoke, Salem, Fincastle, Lexington, Buena Vista,
Stuart, Rocky Mount, Bedford, Amherst, Martinsville, Danville,
Lynchburg, Appomattox, South Boston, and Keysville
953 AM EDT Sat Mar 30 2024

…ELEVATED FIRE DANGER TODAY…

Dry and windy conditions are expected again today across the
mountains into the foothills of North Carolina, as well as the
mountains and Piedmont of Virginia. Relative humidity values will
drop to under 30 percent this afternoon. West to southwest winds
of 10 to 20 mph, with gusts of 20 to 35 mph will accompany this
dry airmass. This will result in the continued rapid drying of
leaf litter and other forest fuels.

Residents and visitors are urged to exercise caution if handling
open flames or equipment that creates sparks. Also, dispose of
cigarette butts, matches, and other flammable items in appropriate
containers. Keep vehicles off of dry grass and obey local burn bans.
Most dry grasses, dead leaves, and other tree litter could easily
ignite and spread fire quickly.

For more information about wildfire danger, burn restrictions,
and wildfire prevention and education, please visit your state`s
forestry or environmental protection website.

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