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NWS: Increased risk of fast-spreading wildfires Thursday

The National Weather Service is warning of increased fire danger Thursday. (File photo/WYDaily)
The National Weather Service is warning of increased fire danger Thursday. (File photo/WYDaily)

The National Weather Service has issued a weather warning for Thursday, stating there will be increased fire danger in parts of Virginia Thursday.

A combination of gusty winds from the west, low humidity and low fuel moisture on Thursday will increase the risk of wildfires, according to an urgent NWS fire weather message.

A red flag warning is in place until 8 p.m. Thursday, meaning there are “critical” fire weather conditions that could promote fast-spreading wildfires that are difficult to control.

The increased risk covers areas including Eastern Piedmont, Richmond, the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck. James City County and New Kent are included in the warning.

The weather message says all outdoor burning should be postponed until weather conditions improve. Activities that use open flames or creates sparks should also be avoided.

Open burning is prohibited before 4 p.m. each day through April 30.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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