Officials warn of fire danger in WNC

Fire officials and the National Weather Service say there is increased fire danger today here in the western mountains.

A very dry air mass is moving into the area and humidity levels will be falling. That combined with gusty winds of up to 25 MPH will create hazardous burning conditions. Most fuels and brush remain dry today, but some areas did receive snowfall Tuesday night which help.

Residents are asked to contact the local burn permitting authorities on whether you can burn today. If you do burn, please use extreme caution because fire can quickly get out of hand under these conditions.