Chance of a wildfire: High and increasing

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The National Weather Service in Tiyan, Guam, warns that, as the Marianas gets deeper into the dry season, increase in the number and incidences of wildfires is to expected.

In a short interview with NWS meteorologist Landon Aydlett, the wildfire threat for the Marianas is going up as conditions continue to dry out across the islands.

“We’re much into the dry season. The fire dangers we have calculated here for Guam, which is pretty similar to Saipan, [is] at a high. …As we go into weeks of little to no rainfall, we’re going to see that wildfire threat increase, “ he said.

Aydlett said the dry season for the Marianas is expected to persist up until May.

“As we go into the next few months, we’re going to see the grass get more brown and brittle [and] conditions will dry up. We’re just going to watch that closely,” he said.

As for any possible typhoons or disturbances, Aydlett said it has been very quiet across Micronesia.

“Its pretty quiet out there. We’re hard core into the dry, trade winds season so we’re going to see mainly dry weather with the breezy trade winds. From time to time, you’ll get some showery conditions but, as far as any major weather features, we don’t see any for the next week or two,” he said.

Kimberly Bautista | Reporter
Kimberly Albiso Bautista has covered a wide range of news beats, including the community, housing, crime, and more. She now covers sports for the Saipan Tribune. Contact her at kimberly_bautista@saipantribune.com.
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