Update: Outside Burning Temporarily Banned, Fire Weather Watch Issued
Critical fire weather conditions are forecast to occur, said National Weather Service
Update Feb. 23, 3:40 p.m.:
The Prince William County Fire Marshal's office has banned all outside fires Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 25. due to fire weather conditions.
Last year around this time several brush fires popped up and spread quickly around the county. The Fire Marshal's office is also advising that all outdoor furniture, trash receptacles, cooking grills and free-standing items be secured in advance of the high winds forecasted.
The National Weather Service has issued a fire weather watch for most of Northern Virginia and eastern West Virginia for Friday afternoon.
NWS forecast calls for west winds of 25 to 30 miles per hour with gusts up to 50 miles per hour combined with 25 to 30 percent humidity.A fire weather watch means that critical fire weather conditions are forecat to occur. NWS advised to listen for later forecasts and possible red flag warnings.