RED FLAG WARNING: NORTH CENTRAL IL, NORTHEAST IL, NORTHWEST INDIANA Saturday Morning Through Saturday Afternoon

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Brush fires reported in North Central Illinois and Western Illinois. Brush fires have been reported today in Kankakee County; Oquawka, Illinois near Iowa; the Indiana Dunes; Channahon, Illinois. A grass fire was also burning near Grossinger Chevrolet.

URGENT – FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHICAGO IL
955 AM CST SAT MAR 10 2012

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955 AM CST SAT MAR 10 2012 /1055 AM EST SAT MAR 10 2012/

…RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM CST /7 PM EST/
THIS EVENING FOR LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY AND STRONG WINDS FOR
NORTHERN ILLINOIS AND NORTHWEST INDIANA…

A RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM CST /7 PM EST/
THIS EVENING.

* AFFECTED AREA…ALL OF NORTH CENTRAL AND NORTHEAST ILLINOIS
ALONG WITH NORTHWEST INDIANA.

* WINDS…SOUTHWEST 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS OF 30 TO 40 MPH.

* TIMING…LATE MORNING THROUGH LATE THIS AFTERNOON.

* RELATIVE HUMIDITY…20 TO 25 PERCENT.

* IMPACTS…CONDITIONS WILL BE FAVORABLE FOR THE RAPID GROWTH OF
WILD FIRES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS
ARE EITHER OCCURRING NOW…OR WILL SHORTLY. A COMBINATION OF
STRONG WINDS…LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY…AND WARM TEMPERATURES WILL
CREATE EXPLOSIVE FIRE GROWTH POTENTIAL.

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