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High winds, low humidity increase fire risk in western Virginia

Published: Mar. 28, 2022 at 8:40 PM EDT
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SALEM, Va. (WDBJ) - High winds and low humidity have increased the risk of woodland fires in western Virginia.

The Virginia Department of Forestry is encouraging residents of the region to be careful.

“The fuels are really dry and really receptive to the spread of fire this time of year,” Regional Forester Brad Carico told WDBJ7. “And that of course coupled with low humidities and the high winds that we’ve experienced all spring makes for a very dangerous situation.”

Carico is asking everyone to avoid any outdoor burning, at least for a couple days, until conditions improve.

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