Saturday, October 30, 2010

Red Flag Warning for Darke County until 7:00 PM Saturday

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for Darke County until 7:00 PM this evening due to critical fire weather conditions expected this afternoon. Even with the rainfall we received this past week, conditions remain unusually dry.

A reminder, that under Ohio Revised Code 1503.18(c), except under certain circumstances, open burning is prohibited during the months of March, April, May, October and November from 6:00 am – 6:00 pm. Also, it is illegal to burn any trash in the State of Ohio .

During Red Flag situations, fires can quickly become uncontrollable. While no burning is recommended, it is also recommended that citizens refrain from discarding cigarette butts outdoors.

A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will be occurring shortly. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures will create explosive fire growth potential (National Weather Service).

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