Just yesterday, along cross-island road, the largest grass fire this year so far burned an estimated 100 hundred acres according to the Guam Fire Department.
Guam – Guam is now under red flag warning, which means that the recent trend of dry weather has put Guam in danger of wild fires.
Also known as a fire weather watch, the warning is a result of Guam’s recent dry weather and the forecasting of even more dry weather. According to the National Weather Service, critical fire weather conditions are expected to occur on Guam. NWS says the most affected areas are the mountains and grassy fields. Just yesterday, along cross-island road, the largest grass fire this year so far burned an estimated 100 hundred acres according to the Guam Fire Department. The fire, which started on Cross Island road, quickly spread due to the dry weather conditions. NWS says that the most dangerous time for a fire to break out is the late morning through the early evening. The dry weather is expected to continue until Saturday. Both the NWS and GFD advise against unauthorized burning and any other situations that might trigger a fire.
“You know we have had the warnings from NWS, NOAA and Homeland Security have been issuing out quite a bit, we’re looking at a bad dry season this year and along with that comes a bad fire season,” said GFD Spokesperson Kevin Reilly. “Of course, we recommend don’t burn this season, it’s going to be dry, it’s going to bad please take precaution just don’t burn at all.” Reilly Continues, “[cigarettes] that’s also dangerous, if you need to smoke in your car, put it in the proper receptacle or the ash tray in your car.”
The NWS says that relative humidity will increase slightly while winds will increase as well. The Drought Index is already in the extreme range and is only expected to continue to increase.