According to the National Weather Service, a Fire Weather Watch is issued when “critical fire weather conditions may occur. A combination of strong winds, very low relative humidity and dry fuels may create dangerous wildland fire conditions.”
These are exactly the kind of conditions we are anticipating on Easter Sunday. Relative humidity values are forecast to be as low as 23 percent. Wind gusts may top 35 to 40 miles an hour and there is no shortage of dry material on the ground right now.
The Fire Weather Watch will become active on Sunday afternoon and is set to expire on Sunday evening. During this time conditions will be primed for wildfires to be able to start relatively easily and spread fast. The watch includes all counties in the TV-9 viewing area, and nearly the entire state of Wisconsin.
You should take extreme care not to burn outdoors and watch “little things” like cigarettes, even small common-place items can set fires easily.
This post was written by RDuns on April 7, 2012