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Increased fire danger

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[April 01, 2014]  Fire danger is heightened across central and southeast Illinois on Tuesday, according to a message from the Logan County Emergency Management Agency.

Temperatures will climb into the 50s Tuesday afternoon for much of central Illinois and from low to mid-60s south of Interstate 70. In addition, humidity levels will decrease to 30-35 percent. Westerly winds of 15 to 25 mph, with higher gusts, will occur into the afternoon.

Recent dry weather has allowed dormant vegetation to become dry, which combined with the weather conditions, will create conditions favorable for the uncontrolled spread of outdoor fires. Winds will gradually decrease through the afternoon, which will lower the fire danger.

People are discouraged from outdoor burning. If cooking outdoors, keep a careful watch on the grill. Burning embers can blow around and easily catch grass on fire. Improperly discarded cigarettes can also start fires that will spread quickly.

[Text from file received from Terry L. Storer, Logan County EMA deputy director]


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