HENRICO, Va – The National Weather Service has predicted that weather conditions, including high winds and low relative humidity, will be favorable to allow outdoor fires spread quickly and uncontrolled on Saturday.
Due to the increased fire danger, all open burning in Henrico County has been suspended for Saturday, April 9, 2016.
Henrico Fire would like to remind everyone that a statewide burning ban went into effect February 15 and stays in effect through April 30, 2016.
“As we enter into the spring wildfire season there is a ban on any open burning except during the times of 4pm and midnight,” said Captain Taylor Goodman. “Henrico County restricts the burning of leaves and yard debris further.”
“Burning of these materials is not allowed if the County offers free leave removal to the resident,” he added. “This restriction includes the majority of the county except the most rural portions.”
From the National Weather Service:
..RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM TO 8 PM EDT SATURDAY FOR
GUSTY WINDS AND LOW HUMIDITY FOR SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHEASTERN
VIRGINIA AND NORTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA…
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN WAKEFIELD HAS ISSUED A RED FLAG
WARNING FOR GUSTY WINDS AND LOW HUMIDITY…WHICH IS IN EFFECT
FROM 10 AM TO 8 PM EDT SATURDAY.
* LOCATIONS…SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHEASTERN VIRGINIA AND
NORTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA
* TIMING…10 AM TO 8 PM
* WINDS…WEST 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 40 MPH.
* HUMIDITY…20 – 25 PERCENT.
* FUEL MOISTURE…7 – 10 PERCENT
* IMPACTS…ANY FIRES THAT DEVELOP WILL LIKELY SPREAD RAPIDLY.
OUTDOOR BURNING IS NOT RECOMMENDED.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EITHER OCCURRING NOW…OR WILL SHORTLY. A COMBINATION OF STRONG WINDS…LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY…AND WARM TEMPERATURES WILL CONTRIBUTE TO EXTREME FIRE BEHAVIOR.