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By: Kari Kiefer , 10:11 PM GMT on April 03, 2013
The National Weather Service issued Red Flag Warnings for parts of the Northeast on Wednesday, April 3rd valid through 8 pm EDT (some areas through 10 pm EDT). Dangerous fire conditions stretched from northern Maryland through Massachusetts, including New York City.
A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are expected or occurring. Any fires that start may spread rapidly and become difficult to extinguish.
The forecast of low humidity and gusty winds on Wednesday increased the risk of brush fires across the region. These conditions seemed to pan out, check out today's observations at Central Park, La Guardia Airport, and Philadelphia.
Dangerous fire conditions will persist for Thursday across the region as humidity will remain very low, generally under 25 percent. However, the winds will be much weaker with gusts under 20 mph. Nonetheless, outdoor burning is not recommended.
For more information about wildfire danger, burn restrictions and wildfire prevention and education please visit your state forestry or environmental protection website.
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