The National Weather Service issued a special weather statement warning of high fire danger conditions for Cobb County and much of the rest of north and central Georgia Friday afternoon and evening, April 8.
The cause for the high fire danger condition is the combination of gusty wind, low relative humidity, and dry fuel presenting the conditions for rapid spread of fire.
…HIGH FIRE DANGER CONDITIONS THIS AFTERNOON INTO THE EARLYAdvertisement
EVENING FOR PARTS OF NORTH AND CENTRAL GEORGIA DUE TO STRONG GUSTY
Sustained winds of 15 to 20 MPH can be expected along with gusts
over 25 MPH. Relative Humidities south of a line from Columbus to
Macon to Sandersville are forecast to reach the mid 20s, with
relative humidity values north of this line to remain in the 30s.
With dry fuels, high fire danger conditions can be expected.
The following counties are affected:
How long does the danger last?
The high fire danger will continue into Friday evening.
What precautions should be taken?
The National Weather Service recommends extreme caution if you do outdoor burning during high fire danger conditions, and that you check your local fire ordinances.
The National Weather Service (NWS) is a part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
The NWS describes its role as follows:
The National Weather Service (NWS) provides weather, water, and climate forecasts and warnings for the United States, its territories, adjacent waters and ocean areas, for the protection of life and property and the enhancement of the national economy. These services include Forecasts and Observations, Warnings, Impact-based Decision Support Services, and Education in an effort to build a Weather-Ready Nation. The ultimate goal is to have a society that is prepared for and responds to weather, water and climate events.