Folks - Yesterday, the NWS issued a Red Flag Warning for this area,
which is an unusual warning for these parts, as it is more common in
locations with gale-force winds and the associated wildfires. A Red
Flag Warning means high fire danger with increased probability of a
quickly spreading vegetation fire in the area within 24 hours, and it
informs area firefighters that conditions are ideal for wildland fire
ignition and propagation after drought conditions, when humidity is
very low, and when high or erratic winds (which may include lightning)
are a factor.
Well, you may have heard that two gentlemen from the wild and wonderful
state decided to celebrate the New Year very early today by throwing
fireworks from an area bridge over the Potomac River. And you may also
have heard that their antics started a brush fire which spread out of
control and resulted in a fire on the mountain. And, finally, you may
even have heard that the two celebratory cretins have been arrested.
We are taking a short break from formal paddles, until the windy days
cease. A strong current can be negotiated, but a gusty wind is too
dangerous. Especially if imbeciles are about. Godspeed.