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NWS Issues “Red Flag” Alert, Potential Fires Could Burn Faster, Says Fire Chief

A Red Flag alert earlier today from the National Weather Service , caught the attention of the Third District Fire Chief as he warned fire crews to be on alert for potential fires.

Chief Howard McGoldrick  warned firefighters Bucks County is in a red flag condition, which is generally meant for brush fires, but with high winds and low humidity, fires will burn with more intensity and can spread faster, he said.

The National Weather Service issued the warning at 8:10 this morning with it being in effect until 10 pm.

McGoldrick said Thursday the high winds and low humidity can make fighting any fires in the area, more challenging, including structural fires.

Winds are expected to top out at 35 miles per hour with relative humidity reaching as low as 17 percent.

He said, for example,  if Third District was dispatched to a fire in the Delhaas woods firefighters would need to be aware “they will burn hotter and faster.”

Forecasters said fire weather watch will remain in effect for Friday also.

“Be aware of tall grass fires along power lines they will burn rapidly at 1500 plus degrees and give off extreme radiant heat in these conditions” the Fire Chief said.

“Any fires today will be impressive unless we catch them early” he said when explaining the potential risks.

 

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NWS Issues “Red Flag” Alert, Potential Fires Could Burn Faster, Says Fire Chief

A Red Flag alert earlier today from the National Weather Service , caught the attention of the Third District Fire Chief as he warned fire crews to be on alert for potential fires.

Chief Howard McGoldrick  warned firefighters Bucks County is in a red flag condition, which is generally meant for brush fires, but with high winds and low humidity, fires will burn with more intensity and can spread faster, he said.

The National Weather Service issued the warning at 8:10 this morning with it being in effect until 10 pm.

McGoldrick said Thursday the high winds and low humidity can make fighting any fires in the area, more challenging, including structural fires.

Winds are expected to top out at 35 miles per hour with relative humidity reaching as low as 17 percent.

He said, for example,  if Third District was dispatched to a fire in the Delhaas woods firefighters would need to be aware “they will burn hotter and faster.”

Forecasters said fire weather watch will remain in effect for Friday also.

“Be aware of tall grass fires along power lines they will burn rapidly at 1500 plus degrees and give off extreme radiant heat in these conditions” the Fire Chief said.

“Any fires today will be impressive unless we catch them early” he said when explaining the potential risks.

 

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