...HEIGHTENED FIRE DANGER THIS AFTERNOON... AFTERNOON TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED TO CLIMB INTO THE MIDDLE 60S ACROSS MUCH OF THE AREA. A DRY AIR MASS REMAINS IN PLACE...WHICH WILL ALLOW FOR HUMIDITY VALUES TO DROP INTO THE 25 TO 30 PERCENT RANGE IN SOME AREAS. IN ADDITION...SOUTHWEST WINDS OF 10 TO 20 MPH WITH A FEW GUSTS TO 25 MPH ARE EXPECTED. AS A RESULT...THERE WILL BE AN INCREASED RISK FOR GRASS...BRUSH AND DITCH FIRES TO SPREAD OUT OF CONTROL. BURNING IS NOT RECOMMENDED THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON. THE BEST TIME FOR BURNING WILL COME THIS EVENING AS WIND SPEED ARE EXPECTED TO DIMINISH. IF YOU MUST BURN...ENSURE THAT THE FIRE IS CONSTANTLY MONITORED...AND SEVERAL OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE TO QUICKLY EXTINGUISH THE FIRE. IF CONTROL OF THE FIRE IS LOST...QUICKLY SUMMON HELP FROM LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENTS.


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