Outdoor burning discouraged as humidity levels drop, winds increase

NOTTINGHAM, MD—The National Weather Service is urging Maryland residents to avoid outdoor burning on Thursday.

Forecasters say minimum relative humidity values will drop to between 20 and 25 percent across much of the state. Northwest winds will gust frequently between 20 and 30 mph, while the strongest winds will coincide with the lowest relative humidity during the mid to late afternoon hours.

Fuel moisture will continue to dry out during this time. The combination of low fuel moisture, low relative humidity, and gusty winds will enhance the threat for the spread of wildfires.

Outdoor burning is strongly discouraged during this time. Anyone who does burn should use extreme caution and ensure fire suppression is readily available.

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