SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT...CORRECTED NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOUNT HOLLY NJ 503 AM EDT THU MAY 5 2011 PAZ054-055-060>062-067>071-052130- CARBON-MONROE-BERKS-LEHIGH-NORTHAMPTON-CHESTER-MONTGOMERY-BUCKS- DELAWARE-PHILADELPHIA- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...JIM THORPE...STROUDSBURG...READING... ALLENTOWN...BETHLEHEM...EASTON...WEST CHESTER...NORRISTOWN... DOYLESTOWN...MEDIA...PHILADELPHIA 503 AM EDT THU MAY 5 2011Statement as of 5:03 AM EDT on May 05, 2011
... Enhanced fire weather concerns this afternoon...
A gusty northwest wind will usher in drier air across the area
this afternoon. While fine fuels are somewhat moist early today,
they may dry out quickly this afternoon. The combination of lower
relative humidity levels, gusty winds and drying fuels will create
some concerns for rapid fire growth later today.
If you will be conducting any open burning outside today, use
considerable care and be prepared for the gusty and drier
Essential information to navigate the outdoors with wildfire safety in mind
Building a campfire can be a lot of fun. But be sure to keep safety in mind before, during, and after you've built it. Smokey Bear's campfire safety guide will help keep you, and others, safe when cooking and camping outdoors.
Where allowed by law, debris burning is a project that can be safely undertaken if you take the time to educate yourself with proper burning techniques and obtain proper fire suppression tools: a garden hose or a fire extinguisher and a shovel available at the site. See how easily burning debris can start a wildfire.
You could start a wildfire by simply using a piece of equipment. The sparks from equipment could catch dry grass and other vegetation on fire. Understand how proper equipment maintenance can reduce wildfires.
Photo provided by National Interagency Fire Center