November 9, 2016
Northwest winds are expected to start increasing today.
Ridge top wind gusts of 30-35 mph will be possible today. Lower level winds could have gusts to 25 mph. Strong winds continue tonight, becoming more northerly in the evening. Ridge top gusts of 20 - 25 mph will be possible through midnight.
Strong winds will create "very active fire behavior" according to incident fire behavior analyst Ben Rowland. They will also increase the chance of fires spotting across containment lines, especially at higher elevations.
All residents should take precautions such as moving flammable materials like wood or debris piles away from your home or propane tanks. Sweep, rake or blow dead leaves off roofs and decks and away from structures. For more measures to protect your home from wildfire, visit the North Carolina Firewise page at http://www.ncfirewise.org/.
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