Increased Brush Fire Threat Through Wednesday Evening
The National Weather Service has issued a Fire Weather Watch in effect from Wednesday morning through
Wednesday evening due to the combination of strong gusty winds and low relative humidity. The watch
includes all of Suffolk County.
The combination of westerly winds of up to 25 MPH with gusts to 35 MPH and low relative humidity will
increase the chances of a fire igniting and spreading rapidly. The highest threat will occur during
According to the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation website Long Island is in the Moderate Risk Category. Moderate risk is defined as fires that can start from most accidental causes but, with the exception of lightning fires in some areas, the number of starts is generally low. Fires in open cured grasslands will burn briskly and spread rapidly on windy days. Timber fires spread slowly to moderately fast. The average fire is of moderate intensity, although heavy concentrations of fuel, especially draped fuel, may burn hot. Short-distance spotting may occur, but is not persistent. Fires are not likely to become serious and control is relatively easy.
Map: From NYS Department of Environmental Conservation