The month of May is usually associated with the first fire season, but persistent rain is creating other issues. Prolonged periods of dry weather are normally required to allow brush to dry out. Low relative humidity, a measure of how much moisture is in the air, and winds are what drive brush fires. Typically, relative humidity values of 30% and winds of 25mph are ideal conditions for fires to develop.
Aroostook County is expected to remain in a wet pattern for the next 7-10 days, which will keep the fire risk low. Because of the wet weather pattern that has been in place already, some rivers and lakes, especially in northern Aroostook, are on the high side.
The latest fire and flooding information will be shared by WAGM Meteorologists, but for weather information anytime visit http://www.weather.gov/car/. Fire information is available at http://www.weather.gov/car/fire and river information at https://water.weather.gov/ahps2/index.php?wfo=CAR.