Increased Fire Danger This Afternoon and Evening Special Weather Statement National Weather Service Blacksburg VA 629 AM EST Tue Mar 7 2023 Ashe-Alleghany NC-Surry-Stokes-Rockingham-Caswell-Watauga-Wilkes- Yadkin-Craig-Alleghany VA-Bath-Roanoke-Botetourt-Rockbridge- Patrick-Franklin-Bedford-Amherst-Henry-Pittsylvania-Campbell- Appomattox-Buckingham-Halifax-Charlotte- Including the cities of West Jefferson, Sparta, Dobson, Danbury, Eden, Yanceyville, Boone, Wilkesboro, Yadkinville, New Castle, Clifton Forge, Covington, Hot Springs, Roanoke, Salem, Fincastle, Lexington, Buena Vista, Stuart, Rocky Mount, Bedford, Amherst, Martinsville, Danville, Lynchburg, Appomattox, South Boston, and Keysville 629 AM EST Tue Mar 7 2023 ...Increased Fire Danger This Afternoon and Evening... Across the Foothills and Piedmont region of Virginia and North Carolina, relative humidities will reach a minimum of 20 to 30 percent during the afternoon hours. Sustained winds will be 10 to 20 mph with gusts of 20 to 30 mph. These winds, low relative humidity levels, and low fuel moistures will increase the risk of ignition and spread of wildfires this afternoon and evening. Across the North Carolina mountains, northwest winds will be 15 to 30 mph sustained with gusts around 35 mph. The strongest of these winds are expected in the morning hours, not coinciding with the afternoon minimum relative humidities of 30 to 50 percent. Residents in these areas are encouraged to postpone burning and to properly extinguish all smoking materials. Many destructive wildfires each year are started due to improperly discarded smoking materials.