Forecasters warn of elevated wildfire risk in Maryland on Tuesday due to dry conditions

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BALTIMORE, MD—Forecasters say Tuesday afternoon’s weather will likely lead to an elevated risk of wildfires.

The National Weather Service says elevated fire conditions are expected across the Baltimore area on Tuesday afternoon and evening due to dry conditions and gusty winds.

Relative humidity values of around 15 to 30 percent are expected along with sustained southerly winds of 10 to 15 mph and gusts 20 to 25 mph. This will result in the rapid drying of fine fuels.

Residents and visitors are urged to exercise caution if handling open flames or equipment that creates sparks. Also, dispose of cigarette butts, matches, and other flammable items in appropriate containers. Keep vehicles off of dry grass and obey local burn bans. Most dry grasses, dead leaves, and other tree litter could easily ignite and spread fire quickly.

Additional information is available in the graphic below.

NWS Wildfire Risks

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