Alert: High Fire Danger in Walton County again this afternoon


The National Weather Service has again issued a High Fire Danger alert for the local area to include Walton and Gwinnett counties. This is for Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017 until 6 p.m. Relative humidities are expected to fall between 15 and 25 percent for 4 – 7 hours this afternoon and with dry fuels will again mean a high fire danger. However, winds will not be as high as Saturday with it to be blowing less than 10 mph.

There also is a high pollen alert again Sunday for tree pollen, but that is expected to fall to moderate levels by Monday.

Initial story

The National Weather Service has issued a High Fire Danger alert for the local area, including Walton and Gwinnett counties, this afternoon, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017.

According to the alert, strong sustained winds of 15 to 20 mph can be expected with gusts of 25 – 30 mph. This, combined with relative humidities of 20 to 30 percent and dry fuels, make for a high fire danger.

“With the wind as high as they are, and the humidity as low as it is, outdoor burning is not advisable today. Georgia Forestry does not issue red flag warnings lightly and so we ask you to do the same,” said Capt. Jeff Allen with Walton County Fire Rescue. “We have already received one call on a leaf pile that got a way from the homeowner. Fortunately that fire was quickly contained but the best advice with these winds is to not risk it.”

The Georgia Forestry Commission has today at 2:30 p.m. rated between 2.5 – 3 on a rating system of 1 to 5. That is considered between moderate and high risk for fire danger. You are urged to use extreme caution if burning anything outside.

In addition, there is a high pollen alert for tree pollen for today and tomorrow.

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