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Weather service warns of elevated fire danger today in Virginia, West Virginia

Crystal Graham
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The National Weather Service has warned of an elevated fire danger until 9 p.m. tonight for portions of Virginia and eastern West Virginia.

Dry and windy conditions are expected to develop this afternoon in the wake of a cold front. Relative humidity values may drop as low as 20 to 25 percent, with strong northwest winds of around 15-20 mph, with gusts up to 30 mph, especially in higher elevations.

This will likely result in the continued drying of fine fuels, especially the sub-10 hour fuels, which are currently the source of many fires.

Most dry grasses, dead leaves and other tree litter could easily ignite and spread fire quickly.


  • Use exercise extreme caution if handling open flames
  • Use caution in operating equipment that may produce sparks
  • Dispose of cigarette butts, matches and other flammable items in appropriate containers
  • Keep vehicles off of dry grass
  • Obey local burn bans

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.