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Dry and windy conditions Thursday lead to increased fire danger

A Red Flag Warning was put in place this afternoon for parts of Ohio which is a rare sight for the Ohio Valley.

The dry and windy conditions today could pose a threat to dry fall foliage and limbs still scattered across some of our yards. 

A Red Flag Warning was put in place this afternoon for parts of Ohio which is a rare sight for the Ohio Valley.

A Red Flag Warning is issued when the relative humidity drops to 20-25 percent, sustained winds reach 15-25 mph and a lack of saturating rainfall.

So far, November has been relatively dry. We have only had three days out of the month with a significant rainfall. 

The dry foliage that has fallen with the gusty conditions makes for the perfect ingredients for a fire to quickly start.

Aaron Kloss, from the Ohio Division of Forestry, explains that people are the biggest threat when it comes to wildfires across Ohio. 

Most fires are started from cigarettes, farm equipment overheating and even leaf burning piles going out of control. 

Fires that do start in these conditions will spread very quickly.