In the meantime and speaking of fire weather, the NWS at Mount Holly, NJ issued an updated special weather statement at 10:31 AM this morning for an elevated fire risk in their forecast area (all but NE NJ, Delaware, southeastern PA, and the eastern shore of MD):
SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT...UPDATED NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOUNT HOLLY NJ 1031 AM EDT WED MAR 30 2016 DEZ001>003-MDZ008-012-015-019-020-NJZ001-007>010-012-013-015>023- 027-PAZ054-055-060>062-070-071-101>106-302300- NEW CASTLE-KENT-INLAND SUSSEX-CECIL-KENT MD-QUEEN ANNES-TALBOT- CAROLINE-SUSSEX-WARREN-MORRIS-HUNTERDON-SOMERSET-MIDDLESEX- WESTERN MONMOUTH-MERCER-SALEM-GLOUCESTER-CAMDEN- NORTHWESTERN BURLINGTON-OCEAN-CUMBERLAND-ATLANTIC-CAPE MAY- SOUTHEASTERN BURLINGTON-CARBON-MONROE-BERKS-LEHIGH-NORTHAMPTON- DELAWARE-PHILADELPHIA-WESTERN CHESTER-EASTERN CHESTER- WESTERN MONTGOMERY-EASTERN MONTGOMERY-UPPER BUCKS-LOWER BUCKS- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...WILMINGTON...DOVER...GEORGETOWN... ELKTON...CHESTERTOWN...CENTREVILLE...EASTON...DENTON...NEWTON... WASHINGTON...MORRISTOWN...FLEMINGTON...SOMERVILLE... NEW BRUNSWICK...FREEHOLD...TRENTON...PENNSVILLE...GLASSBORO... CAMDEN...CHERRY HILL...MOORESTOWN...MOUNT HOLLY...JACKSON... MILLVILLE...HAMMONTON...CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE... WHARTON STATE FOREST...JIM THORPE...STROUDSBURG...READING... ALLENTOWN...BETHLEHEM...MEDIA...PHILADELPHIA...HONEY BROOK... OXFORD...WEST CHESTER...KENNETT SQUARE...COLLEGEVILLE... POTTSTOWN...NORRISTOWN...LANSDALE...CHALFONT...PERKASIE... MORRISVILLE...DOYLESTOWN 1031 AM EDT WED MAR 30 2016 ...AN ELEVATED RISK FOR THE SPREAD OF FIRES LATE THIS AFTERNOON... GUSTY WINDS AND DRY CONDITIONS WILL LEAD TO AN ELEVATED RISK FOR THE SPREAD OF FIRES FROM ABOUT 3 PM THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH SUNSET ACROSS DELAWARE, EASTERN MARYLAND, EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA AND MUCH OF NEW JERSEY. SOUTHERLY WINDS WILL INITIALLY BE EARLY IN THE AFTERNOON BUT THEN INCREASE TO 10-15 MPH WITH GUSTS AROUND 20 MPH LATE IN THE DAY. MEANWHILE...RELATIVE HUMIDITY VALUES WILL LOWER TO BETWEEN 15 AND 25 PERCENT. GIVEN THE EXPECTED WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LOW FUEL MOISTURE.... ANY FIRES THAT OCCUR COULD SPREAD QUICKLY AND BE DIFFICULT TO CONTAIN. PLEASE VISIT YOUR STATE FORESTRY OR ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT WILDFIRE DANGER...BURN RESTRICTIONS...WILDFIRE PREVENTION AND EDUCATION.
As I was online getting ready to write this article, I noticed that the NWS at New York, NY issued an updated special weather statement at 11:01 AM this morning for an elevated fire risk in NE NJ:
SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW YORK NY 1105 AM EDT WED MAR 30 2016 NJZ002-004-006-103>108-302200- WESTERN PASSAIC-EASTERN PASSAIC-HUDSON-WESTERN BERGEN- EASTERN BERGEN-WESTERN ESSEX-EASTERN ESSEX-WESTERN UNION- EASTERN UNION- 1105 AM EDT WED MAR 30 2016 SUSTAINED WINDS FROM THE SOUTHWEST TO SOUTH WILL INCREASE TO 10 TO 15 MPH WITH SOME GUSTS 20 TO 25 MPH POSSIBLE DURING THE MID AND LATE AFTERNOON HOURS TODAY. AT THE SAME TIME...RELATIVE HUMIDITIES ARE EXPECTED TO AVERAGE 25 TO 30 PERCENT. THESE CONDITIONS COMBINED WITH SUFFICIENTLY DRY FINE FUELS WILL PROMOTE AN ELEVATED RISK FOR THE SPREAD OF BRUSH OR GRASS FIRES DURING THIS PERIOD.
Stay safe everyone! And thanks to the wildland firefighters, mutual aid and everyone else working to keep us safe from wildfires today and everyday.
In New Jersey our wildland firefighters will be added by contract aircraft (thanks to my friends at the B10 NJ Wildland Fire Page for sharing the 2016 Contract Aviation Schedule)
State operated type 2 Huey UH-1H (type 2) helicopter: Division A -- Aeroflex (Delta 6) from March 22 through May 10 (estimated), as needed based on fire danger
35 day exclusive use SEAT Contract (March 30 through May 3):
Division B -- R.J. Miller (Bravo 1), Air Tractor AT-802, 800 gallons
Division C -- Downstown (Charlie 1) Air Tractor AT-602, 600 gallons