The dry weather and expected winds in Johnston on Thursday afternoon raise fire threat.
The National Weather Service is warning of an increased risk of brush fires because of the extended dry weather conditions in Johnston and across Rhode Island. The NWS said the dry weather has created “unsafe burning conditions” with dead grass, leaves and brush at greater risk to catch fire. In addition to the dry conditions, winds may reach 20 to 30 mph in the afternoon, which could cause brush fires to spread. The NWS warned that most wildfires start as open burning by homeowners.
The National Weather Service says conditions today make fires more likely.
- POLICE & FIRE
Monday, April 9, 2012
The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for all of Rhode Island and parts of Massachusetts, noting that weather conditions today could make fires more likely to occur and to spread quickly. [To report a fire, dial 9-1-1, or call the Johnston Fire Department at (401) 351-1600.] The warning went into effect at 10 a.m. this morning and expires at 8 p.m. It comes on the heels of at least two reported fires: a late-night blaze in Newport and an early-morning home fire in Tiverton. The National Weather Service says to expect winds at 15 to 25 mph today, with gusts up to 40 mph. The strongest winds may occur in the late afternoon. Our area will also experience relative humidity ranging from 20 to 28 percent. Temperatures will …