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We mentioned last week that the drought watches somehow outlasted the rains, and now with the first whiffs of May comes another symptom of dryness.


The National Weather Service advises that with humidity heading toward desert levels Monday afternoon, and winds gusting to 25 mph, wildfires might become an issue.

No “red flag warning” has been posted, but the weather service sees an “elevated” risk of brush fires for the entire region into Monday evening.





Fire danger is listed as “moderate” for most of Burlington, Camden, and Gloucester Counties by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

The U.S. Forest Service has most of the Philadelphia region in the “high” to “very high” fire-hazard zones.

As Lee Robertson at the weather service office in Mount Holly has explained to us, in issuing “red flag” alerts meteorologists consult with the Pennsylvania Department of Forestry, which monitors dryness levels through “moisture sticks.”




Looking somewhat like a woodwind instrument, the sticks – four connected pieces of ponderosa pine checked for moisture content.

While the wood is never completely dry, if the dryness level reaches 90 percent, that local woodlands in general might be vulnerable.

As of noon, no decision had yet been made on posting an alert.




 



















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