Whenever we combine sunshine, high temperatures, wind, and low humidity on top of consecutive days without significant rainfall in spring when leaves have not yet developed on the trees, it leads to increased brush fire potential. The canopy above helps shade the surface vegetation left from the winter months. This dry grass, leaves, twigs, etc is very good fuel for any fire that starts from a tossed tobacco product out of a moving vehicle. Other fire-starters include unattended campfires, sparks from burning of brush, train sparks, and even glass or a bottle that acts like a magnifying glass concentrating the sun's energy.
So, what do we need? Less wind and some rain for starters. Cooler, moister air would help too. We have some rain with higher dew point temperatures in the forecast Friday, but it doesn't look like everyone will get soaked. Some thunderstorms or heavy showers may develop along and ahead of an approaching cold front. Some communities may get close to an inch, but most will not as it looks right now. Another chance for rain arrives early next week with Tuesday possibly being a significant soaker.
So, keep watch for smoke and please notify your local authorities so any fires can be extinguished quickly.
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