elevated fire riskThe National Weather Service in North Webster has issued a Special Weather Statement regarding the potential for Elevated Fire Danger this afternoon and early evening.

South to southwest winds will increase today with wind gusts as high as 30 to 35 mph at times. High temperatures into the lower to middle 80s this afternoon will result in minimum afternoon relative humidity as low as 30 percent.

These conditions combined with drying grass and other fuels, will increase the risk for grass, brush, and ditch fires to spread rapidly out of control this afternoon into early this evening. Burning is discouraged today, except by experienced fire personnel.

Make sure you are following any local laws that may be in place regarding burning in your location. If you must burn, ensure that the fire is constantly monitored and several options are available to quickly extinguish the fire. Contact your local fire department with any questions and if control of the fire is lost.