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Published On: Wed, Apr 3rd, 2013

National Weather Service warns of “elevated fire weather”

TAUNTON- A special-weather statement and a hazardous-weather outlook have been issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) in Taunton as “dry and windy conditions will result in elevated fire weather potential.”

Winds, which will gust up to 35 MPH at times, combined with ultra-low humidity rates of near 20 to 30 percent, will create ideal conditions for brush or forest fires between today and tomorrow.

“Local fire officials have advised that fine fuels…grasses and leaf litter…will be very receptive for ignition,” according to the NWS’ special-weather statement.

The fire danger warnings cover all of Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

A more heightened “red flag warning” has been issued for Connecticut.

Fire warnings will likely remain until rainfall, which is forecasted for Friday, with the possibility for a changeover to snow on Friday night. No accumulations are expected.

Cigarette smokers and those with brush-burning permits are urged to take caution.


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