Wildfires are an increasing problem across eastern North Carolina as we move deeper into spring. Wildfires are most likely to develop during the early spring for several reasons. First, most of the grass and weeds are dry. These dead and dry weeds that remain from winter kill provide fuel to a spark of fire. Second, we get some of our strongest winds during the early spring. March is well known for strong and gusty winds and that may continue into April. Third, strong westerly winds will also lower the relative humidity to very low levels. We may see values less than 30% on some afternoons. Fourth, temperatures are getting warmer and adds to the drying of soils, especially if we go a week or so without significant rainfall. Speaking of rainfall, it does look like much of eastern North Carolina will see rain over the weekend. Maybe it will be enough to help with the fire situation.
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