NWS Fire Weather Watch Remains in Effect; Refrain from Outdoor Burning

NWS Fire Weather Watch Remains in Effect; Refrain from Outdoor Burning

The National Weather Service (NWS), Guam Weather Forecast Office fire weather watch remains in effect for Guam through Monday Evening. A fire weather watch means that critical fire weather conditions are forecast to occur. Stronger winds and continued dry weather expected the next several days will increase the risk of fast-spreading wildfires.

Although the affected areas include mainly southern and central areas of Guam, the community is reminded to practice caution island wide. Daytime winds will be east around 15 mph today, increasing to between 15 and 20 mph Saturday through Monday. Stronger gusts in higher elevations and along ridges are expected. Daytime humidity is expected as low as 40%.

Stronger daytime winds will enable the rapid spread of any fires that develop and will make efforts to contain brushfires more difficult. Multiple fires have already occurred.

"Working alongside our local and federal fire services, the fire at Nimitz Hill was successfully contained without any injuries or damage to any homes in the area", said Guam Fire Department, Fire Chief Dan Stone.  "We continue to urge the community to practice fire prevention and preparedness, especially with the dry conditions and high winds we are currently experiencing", he added.

Any fires that develop could spread rapidly, be difficult to control, and may ignite spot fires downwind. Practice caution by following these safety tips:
  • Regularly clean the roof and gutters
  • Maintain an area approximately 30’ away from you home that is free of anything that will burn, such as wood piles, dried leaves, newspapers and other brush
  • Connect garden hoses long enough to reach any area of the home and fill garbage cans, tubs, or other large containers with water
  • Review your homeowner's insurance policy and also prepare/update a list of your home's contents

If your area is under a Fire Weather watch or warning
  • Turn on your TV/radio to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions
  • Know where to go. If you are ordered to evacuate, know the route to take and have plan of where you will go. Check-in with your friends and family
  • Keep your emergency supply kit ready and vehicles fueled in case you need to evacuate

Practice fire prevention
  • Deposit cigarette butts in the proper receptacle to avoid starting a fire with a flying spark or ember
  • Do not set off fireworks when conditions are dry
  • Outdoor burning is prohibited.

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind residents and visitors to practice extreme caution during this time. Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov.


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