National Weather Service has issued a Special Weather Statement, warning of an elevated risk of wildfire spread across Central Pennsylvania this afternoon, including Schuylkill County.
Dry and windy conditions are expected to contribute to this risk, with minimum relative humidity values ranging from 15 to 25 percent and wind gusts between 20 and 30 mph.
Officials are urging residents to exercise caution when handling potential ignition sources, such as machinery, cigarettes, or matches. If dry grasses and tree litter begin to burn, fires may spread rapidly.
The Hazardous Weather Outlook also warns that warm, breezy, and dry conditions may result in an elevated risk of wildfire spread on Wednesday afternoon.
This means that the risk will be present for at least two days, further emphasizing the need for residents to remain vigilant and take appropriate precautions to minimize the chance of wildfires.
In light of these conditions, it is essential for residents to adhere to local burn bans or restrictions and avoid any outdoor burning activities. Properly disposing of cigarette butts, ensuring that all fires are fully extinguished, and maintaining a safe distance between fire sources and dry vegetation can help mitigate the risk of wildfires.
Homeowners should also take this opportunity to create defensible space around their properties by removing dead leaves, branches, and other flammable debris. This can create a buffer zone that slows or stops the spread of wildfires, potentially protecting homes and other structures from damage.