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Conditions Prime For Wildfires Again Later This Week

Fires have roared through our state the past few days, and with possible weather changes toward the end of the week that might be the case again.

More than a thousand acres have burned in our state including some in eastern Carolina. The thing to look out for is a red flag warning in your area.

Brittany Creamer spoke to fire experts about what causes these fires in our area and how to avoid them .

Fires all across our state have some saying it boils down to human error that causes them to spark up according to Greenville battalion chief Eric Griffin.

"What we normally find is human error. You can have discarded smoking materials someone playing with matches someone with improper equipment an example of that is if a person was to drive a vehicle in very tall grass that was extremely dry," said Griffin.

Dry is what WITN Chief Meteorologist Marvin Daugherty says can be expected for weather conditions in coming days again, along with another fire driving force.

"When you've got that grass and the brush from the previous year that's dry, you know it doesn't take much wind and warm weather to dry it out especially when you get some gusty winds ad the relative humidity goes down as low as 20-25% as it does on some of these afternoons. It's like a tinder box. It's ready to go off," said Daugherty.

That is exactly what is happening. Surry county lost 582 acres in forest fired. Polk county lost 455 acres. There have also been several fires in Eastern Carolina.

"The fire can spread so fast that you won't even have time with a regular garden hose or if you have a water source or hose or anything of that nature you won't have time to put it out so call 911," said Griffin.

It's a potential situation we could see again this week.

"Probably upper 60's. 70's Thursday... probably into the mid-70's Friday afternoon so if we have much wind at all that very dry air could create a real problem," said Daugherty.

Griffin says in the city limits you can not burn brush , the only thing you could do is cook food over a fire.

If you plan on burning brush outside city limits, you need a permit from a fire station.

A red flag warning will be issued if the conditions are right for our area to see fires due to the humidity and wind.


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