smokey bear logoWeather data such as temperature, relative humidity, wind direction, and consideration of 24-hour rainfall is analyzed every morning from National Weather Service stations and local forestry offices. A combination of windy weather and low humidity yesterday, had wildfire conditions locally at “near critical” levels. During the spring or Fall Fire Season, a relative humidity below 40% can mean that any wildfires will be difficult to control. The Virginia Department of Forestry is investigating two wildfires that have burned a total of 150 acres so far this week in sections of Scott and Lee counties. Weekend precipitation is expected to lower the risk.