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NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE: Fire danger increased for Saturday

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ROCKINGHAM — Even with recent rains, the chance of wildfires remains high.

Most of the counties in both North and South Carolina are under a fire weather watch for Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

The special weather statement regarding increased fire danger is in effect until 7 p.m. Saturday.

Forecasters say the combination of low humidity and gusty winds will result in elevated fire danger Saturday afternoon.

Winds are forecast to be 10-17 mph out of the west, with gusts up to 32 mph, according to the NWS.

“Please refer to your local burn permitting authorities on whether you can burn,” reads the statement. “If you do, you are advised to use extreme caution.”

Richmond County has had several fires in recent weeks.

A man burning woods debris said embers jumped his containment line on April 22, resulting in a 3-acre fire on Mount Moriah Church Road south of Hamlet.

Earlier this week, rangers battled a 60-acre wildfire on Loch Haven Road before it was doused by evening rains.

There have been 138 fires across North Carolina so far this month, which have burned nearly 2,100 acres, according to the N.C. Forest Service. Seventy-two of those fires were on May 1.

Several sources show that North Carolina ranks fourth in the nation for wildfires, and County Ranger Jack Franklin said Richmond often ranks in the top 10 out of the state’s 100 counties.


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