Fire Danger and Pollen Counts High in Region Sunday

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The National Weather Service in Charleston, West Virginia issued a Special Weather Statement Sunday morning for Athens, Meigs, Morgan, Perry, Vinton and Washington counties in Ohio.

The NWS reports that low humidity, a dry ground and breezy southeast winds gusting up to 35 mph, will, "Create an enhanced threat for the spread of wildfires this (Sunday) afternoon.”

"Accidental escaped debris burns are the number one cause of wildfires in West Virginia and Ohio," According to the NWS Report.  Ohio law bans open burning in unincorporated areas in March, April, May, October, and November, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

In addition to the increased risk of wildries, pollen levels will be at very high levels to start the week, according to The University of Charleston’s Asthma & Allergy Center, The Weather Channel and AccuWeather.

Pollen from maple, oak and birch trees will be the most active outdoors, while grass, mold and weed pollens will be low.

Pollen forecasts project that the high pollen counts will continue to rise through the week.

A full allergy report from AccuWeather can be accessed here.