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National Weather Service issues Red Flag Warning for fire danger due to gusty winds, dry conditions

Fire Weather Warning
Posted at 11:48 AM, Nov 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-19 15:09:15-05

CLEVELAND — The National Weather Service has issued a warning for elevated fire danger due to the gusty winds and dry conditions Thursday.

A Red Flag Warning has been issued for the following counties, effective until 7 p.m.:

  • Holmes
  • Erie
  • Wayne
  • Cuyahoga
  • Huron
  • Richland
  • Medina
  • Lorain
  • Ashland
  • Tuscarawas

Strong, gusty winds will combine with low humidities and warmer weather, elevating the risk for grass and wild fires Thursday morning through the afternoon according to the NWS.

News 5 Meteorologist Trent Magill said that while the ground in our area is incredibly wet from recent rains, the dry air and strong winds can dry things out quickly.

Conditions are expected to improve after sunset.

Residents are advised to avoid open burning on Thursday as fires could quickly get out of control. That includes burning leaf piles and campfires, Magill said.

There is currently a Wind Advisory issued for Erie, Huron, Richland, Ashland, Lorain, Medina, and Cuyahoga counties, effective until 5 p.m. Thursday.

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