There is a increased threat for loss of control of outdoor burning activities this afternoon and early evening.
Relative humidity values will drop into the 20 to 25 percent range across much of northern Indiana and northwestern Ohio. In addition, west winds are forecast to increase to 15 to 25 mph with gusts as high as 35 mph at times. While many trees have extensive leaf growth and lawns are green, many fields and locations along and under tree canopies of wooded areas still contain very dry 1 hour fuels, such as small twigs and leaves. In addition, many fields still have debris left-over from the fall harvest.
Those planning any burning in ditches, fields and backyards should exercise caution. Fires should not be left unattended at any time, with proper tools such as extra dirt, water and shovels at the ready to put out any embers or flames that move away from the area of burning. With increasing winds, fires may spread and cause burns beyond planned areas. Regardless of condtions, those planning burning should check with their local fire officials for any restrictions.
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