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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Elevated fire risk today

Lack of rain, dry air, high temps and southwesterly breezes pose a hazard
By Will Collette

man on fire GIFThe National Weather Service has put out a special warning for most of southern New England, including all of South County, about the high risk of fire.

As a common sense measure, you should not ignite any open fires today. And for those idiots with no common sense, using near commercial grade fireworks in these types of conditions is a really bad idea.

We need rain not just for our gardens but for health and safety in our wooded areas.

Here is the NWS statement:
Special Weather Statement
National Weather Service Boston/Norton MA
955 AM EDT Thu Jun 25 2020
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>024-026-RIZ001>008-252200-Western Franklin MA-Eastern Franklin MA-Northern Worcester MA-Central Middlesex MA-Western Essex MA-Eastern Essex MA-Western Hampshire MA-Western Hampden MA-Eastern Hampshire MA-Eastern Hampden MA-Southern Worcester MA-Western Norfolk MA-Southeast Middlesex MA-Suffolk MA-Eastern Norfolk MA-Northern Bristol MA-Western Plymouth MA-Eastern Plymouth MA-Southern Bristol MA-Southern Plymouth MA-Barnstable MA-Dukes MA-Nantucket MA-Northern Middlesex MA-Northwest Providence RI-
Southeast Providence RI-Western Kent RI-Eastern Kent RI-Bristol RI-Washington RI-Newport RI-Block Island RI-Including the cities of Charlemont, Greenfield, Orange, Barre, Fitchburg, Framingham, Lowell, Lawrence, Gloucester, Chesterfield, Blandford, Amherst, Northampton, Springfield, Milford, Worcester, Foxborough, Norwood, Cambridge, Boston, Quincy, Taunton, Brockton, Plymouth, Fall River, New Bedford, Mattapoisett, Chatham, Falmouth, Provincetown, Vineyard Haven, Nantucket, Ayer, Foster, Smithfield, Providence, Coventry, West Greenwich, East Greenwich, Warwick, West Warwick, Bristol, Narragansett, Westerly, Newport, and New Shoreham

955 AM EDT Thu Jun 25 2020

...Elevated Risk for Fire Spread Potential This Afternoon...

Massachusetts and Rhode Island fire weather officials have advised of an elevated risk for fire pread for this afternoon.

Officials are mainly concerned with southwest winds gusting to 20 mph and already-dry surface fuels, including grasses.

High temperatures this afternoon will reach the 80s in most places. Minimum relative humidity this afternoon will be 30 to 40 percent, except 45 to 55 percent along the coast.