The National Weather Service has issued a special weather statement, warning residents in northwestern Georgia about high fire danger conditions this afternoon. The alert is in response to low relative humidities and other weather factors that increase the risk of wildfires.
Relative humidities in the region are forecasted to drop to 25% or lower during the course of this afternoon, persisting for four or more hours. The winds in the affected areas are expected to blow from the east/southeast at speeds of up to 10 miles per hour, with occasional gusts reaching up to 15 miles per hour. These conditions, combined with dry vegetation, create a heightened risk for potential wildfires.
Local authorities have strongly advised residents to consult with their respective burn permitting authorities before considering any outdoor burning activities. For those who receive permission to burn, it is crucial to exercise extreme caution to prevent any accidental fires from spreading uncontrollably.
This weather advisory serves as a reminder of the importance of fire safety and responsible outdoor practices during periods of elevated fire danger. Residents are urged to stay informed and vigilant to help reduce the risk of wildfires in the affected areas.
The Georgia Forestry Commission estimates the recent wildfire has impacted about 285 acres. It is currently fully contained. The GFC plan to do burnout operations weather permitting.