EPHRATA – Grant County firefighters are preparing for weather that will heighten the risk of fire on Friday.The first fire weather watch of the year has been issued for Grant County. Something Ephrata Fire Chief Jeremy Burns says keeps his staff on high alert.
“These are issued from the National Weather Service to notify fire departments and area agencies of weather events that could produce rapid fire growth with the onset of fire. These weather events come with high winds sustaining averages of above 20 mph and relative humidities that are below 25%. What we do during this time is notify our firefighters and look to provide staffing for fire stations to be prepared for rapid fire growth if there is an onset of a fire,” said Burns.
Winds are expected increase around 1p.m. to as fast as 30mph.
The fire weather watch will span from 2:00p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Friday.
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