San Bernardino National Forest, January 13, 2014 – The National Weather Service has issued a Fire Weather Watch throughout the Inland Empire due to extremely low humidity. A Fire Weather Watch indicates critically dry conditions that dangerously increase the risk of wildfire. Humidity could dip into single digits with little recovery overnight, especially in wind-prone areas through and below passes and canyons, which could see gusts up to 40 miles per hour.
Wildfires burned over 4 million acres across the country in 2013; the continued lack of precipitation in our local mountains should be a red flag to residents and visitors alike.
Never toss burning cigarettes out into dry brush areas.
Completely extinguish any campfires and douse them with water so they cannot relight.
Be cautious with mowing or weed-wacking equipment on dry brush – one spark can ignite a blaze.