Increased Threat of Wildfires Thursday in Maryland, DC, Virginia

The National Weather Service said there was an 'enhanced threat' of wildfires.

There's an enhanced threat of wildfires in Maryland, D.C. and Virginia. (Credit: Carlsbad Patch)
There's an enhanced threat of wildfires in Maryland, D.C. and Virginia. (Credit: Carlsbad Patch)
Gusty winds and dry air could make for a dangerous combination Thursday afternoon in Maryland, according to the National Weather Service.

The threat of wildfires spreading is enhanced due to the low relative humidity, winds between 20 to 35 mph and low fuel moisture, the weather service reported. Areas affected include Maryland, D.C. and Virginia.

A wind advisory is in effect until 11 a.m., and falling tree limbs, power outages and hazardous driving conditions are possible as a result of the wind. A gale warning has also been issued for Maryland portions of the Chesapeake Bay and Potomac River until 2 p.m. Thursday.

More than 3,000 people were without power at 9 a.m. Thursday, according to BGE, which reported the majority of the outages were in Montgomery, Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties.

Daytime temperatures around freezing will drop to the mid-twenties by Thursday evening, according to the weather service.

Around sunset, the winds will "quickly diminish," according to the National Weather Service, which said until then, there is an "enhanced threat for the spread of wildfires through this afternoon."

Friday should offer some warmth—the forecast shows highs in the mid-fifties.


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