Winds raise wildfire threat

Published 7:44 am Thursday, February 12, 2009

Wildfires are possible in the region today due to a second straight day of high winds.

The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning that will remain in effect from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

According to the NWS, a red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring or will shortly occur. This warning is issued when strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures combine to create explosive fire growth potential.

The NWS predicts sustained winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph.

This warning extends throughout the entire region, from Northampton County, N.C., through Virginia Beach.