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Strong winds forecast for Tuesday to increase fire danger throughout Virginia

Crystal Graham
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Wind gusts of up to 45 mph are expected Tuesday afternoon across Central Virginia, Northern Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley.

The National Weather Service warns the conditions could lead to increased fire danger.

The National Weather Service said west winds of 15 to 25 mph are expected accompanied by minimum relative humidity values of 20 to 30 percent. Although it is relatively damp due to recent rain, it should dry out quicky on Tuesday.

Outdoor burning is strongly discouraged during this time.

Virginia’s burning law is in effect through April 30. The law prohibits burning before 4 p.m. if the fire is within 300 feet of woodlands, brush or fields with dry grass or other flammable materials.

 

 

 

 

Crystal Graham

Crystal Graham

Crystal Abbe Graham is the regional editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1999 graduate of Virginia Tech, she has worked for nearly 25 years as a reporter and editor for several Virginia publications, written a book, and garnered more than a dozen Virginia Press Association awards for writing and graphic design. She was the co-host of "Viewpoints," a weekly TV news show, and co-host of Virginia Tonight, a nightly TV news show. Her work on "Virginia Tonight" earned her a national Telly award for excellence in television.