Special Weather Statement until SUN 7:00 PM EDT Issued March, 19 2023 at 8:27 AM - US/Eastern expires March, 19 2023 at 7:00 PM - US/Eastern ....ENHANCED THREAT FOR THE SPREAD OF WILDFIRES TODAY... Northwest winds 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph are expected today across most of Maryland, northern Virginia, and eastern West Virginia. Dry conditions are expected as well with the relative humidity dropping to 15 to 30 percent by this afternoon. Fine fuels are also drying out, leading to an enhanced threat for the spread of wildfires this afternoon. Residents are urged to exercise caution if handling any potential ignition source, including machinery, cigarettes, and matches. Outdoor burning is strongly discouraged during this time. Please refer to your local burn permitting authority on whether you can burn. If you do burn, use extreme caution and ensure fire suppression is readily available.