The Red Flag Warnings for several days in a row coupled with strong winds contributed to the numerous wildfires yesterday in Virginia, New Jersey, Long Island, and Connecticut.
Here is an example of one of the Red Flag Warnings — in this case, New Jersey:
…RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM THIS MORNING TO 8 PM EDT THIS EVENING…
* AFFECTED AREA…PORTIONS OF EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA AND NORTHERN NEW JERSEY.
* WINDS…WEST 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 30 MPH.
* RELATIVE HUMIDITY…AS LOW AS 20 TO 25 PERCENT.
* IMPACTS…THE FIRE DANGER REMAINS ELEVATED DUE TO THE GUSTY WINDS AND RATHER DRY CONDITIONS. AS A RESULT… THE POTENTIAL EXISTS FOR RAPID SPREAD IF UNCONTROLLED FIRES DEVELOP OR PRESCRIBED BURNS GET OUT OF CONTROL. OUTDOOR BURNING IS NOT RECOMMENDED.
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