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Fire Danger High Friday

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This map shows dry air in the red combined with strong winds represented by the blue arrows (vectors). This map shows dry air in the red combined with strong winds represented by the blue arrows (vectors).

Lynchburg, VA – The combination of warm temperatures, gusty winds, and low humidity has elevated the fire danger across the Heart of Virginia Friday afternoon.

An approaching cold front is moving into West Virginia, but it's moving in from the northwest, which is a dry direction because the front isn't able to pick up moisture from the gulf of Mexico.

Winds are gusting over 15-25 mph for many locations, while relative humidity levels have fallen to between 20 and 25%, especially east of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

As the front nears, the wind will increase late this afternoon.

There is a chance that a few of the rain showers may survive the trip across the mountains this evening.

In Virginia, open burning is against the law before 4 p.m. through April 30.

After such an active winter with snow and ice storms earlier this year, there is plenty of brush that could act as fuel for any fire.

Precipitation for the month and the year is actually close to normal, however as temperatures warm in the spring the weather patterns chance to favor more hit or miss activity instead of are-wide rain and snow storms.

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