Weather officials are warning of an enhanced fire risk Thursday afternoon and evening.
The National Weather Service in Morristown says dry conditions combined with sustained winds of 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph has led to an increased fire risk across Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.
“Residents of the area are discouraged from burning this afternoon…due to the increased potential for fire growth and spread,” NWS Morristown said.
The NWS has issued the following Special Weather Statement for Hancock, Hawkins, Sullivan, Johnson, Hamblen, Greene, Washington, Unicoi, and Carter counties in Tennessee and Lee, Wise, Scott, and Russell counties in Virginia:
...Enhanced fire danger will be in place through the rest of theday across northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia... Sustained winds of 15 to 25 mph with gusts of 35 mph combined withlow relative humidity values less than 30 percent could dry outfuels and increase fire risk through this evening. Residents of the area are discouraged from burning thisafternoon...due to the increased potential for fire growth andspread.