Time To Talk Fires

Time To Talk Fires

We're entered into the window of time where fires happen most often locally, hopefully not this year if you read up on this important information.
We've entered into the window where fires happen most often locally, hopefully not this year if you read up on this important information.

The effort is spearheaded by the National Weather Service in Burlington. Officially this is called the '2014 Open Burning Weather Awareness Campaign.' It runs from April 21-25, 2014. Here is the link to the homepage:

http://www.weather.gov/btv/open_burning

There, you will find a daily tab of information about when fires usually happen (locally), what weather is worst for the igniting and spreading of fires, and how to stay informed with the latest fire risk. Plus there is a lot of other valuable information waiting for you to find it, as long as you're willing to take a few minutes to adventure around the website.

A near-term example of a "higher fire danger day" is Thursday, April 24 when exiting low pressure off the New England coast intensifies while high pressure from the west builds in. This creates a strong, gusty wind while drying out the air and lowering relative humidities. Our area hasn't grown its vegetation fully yet, so we're in a vulnerable window between the snow season and the green summer where fires can happen most easily. Also check in with your local town office because local and state burn bans are issued at various times this period of the year.

-Meteorologist Steve Glazier
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