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Brush Fire Threat Elevated for East Hampton Town

Low relative humidity over Long Island creating enhanced threat for wildfires and brush fires.

The National Weather Service has placed the Town of East Hampton and all of Long Island in a Fire Weather Watch through Wednesday evening as very dry air and dried vegetation could lead to brush fires.

The cold front that pushed through the northeast on Monday afternoon brought with it extremely dry air with low relative humidity, leading to the area having conditions that could lead to a brush fire outbreak. The National Weather Service called it an "enhanced threat for the spread of wildfires" in its most recent message.

The Fire Weather Watch in effect until Wednesday evening warns against gusty winds, dry air and even drier fine fuels, such as leaves and sticks, which could lead to brush fires across the region.

Current forecasts call for winds of between 15 to 25 mph on Wednesday, gusting as high as 35 mph. The lowest relative humidities and highest winds are also forecasted for Wednesday afternoon, leading to an increased threat during that time.

Long Island faced a period of wildfire outbreaks during the spring of 2012, when a dry air mass lasted over the area for a few weeks. Large fires swept across wooded and residential areas on eastern Long Island in the Town of Brookhaven.

Audrey April 03, 2013 at 04:01 PM
All the deadfall from recent storms adds significantly to the threat of such fires. The local tribes who lived in the area before we did were better stewards of the earth. They knew to do controlled burns of the deadfall in order to prevent large fires.
S.B. Bonacker April 03, 2013 at 05:32 PM
Yeah, and the local Tribes knew better than to toss cigarettes out of car windows in these conditions. Careless Smokers, you know who you are - don't do it.
wilbur April 03, 2013 at 11:45 PM
do not leave out the morons who burn there garbage outside regardless of the law.

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