CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) _ The Virginia Department of Forestry has issued a fire weather watch for the entire state. The advisory issued Wednesday signals an increased threat of wildfires. Forestry officials say the watch has been issued because of predictions of low humidity and high winds, among other factors.
They all add up to an increased wildfire danger.
If those conditions linger, the watch could be upgraded to a red flag warning. The National Weather Service already has issued red flag warning for some areas, including much of southwestern Virginia. That is issued when conditions are ideal for wilderness fires to start easily and spread rapidly.
Meantime, the state’s burn law remains in effect until April 30. That restricts burning until after 4 p.m. each day.
Staff member, Velvet Hall, contributed to this report.