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The original item was published from 4/20/2023 8:43:07 AM to 4/20/2023 8:00:07 PM.

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Posted on: April 20, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Elevated risk of wild fire today . . .

Red Flag Warning

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A combination of dry and breezy conditions this afternoon will
create an elevated risk of wildfire spread across all of Central

Minimum relative humidity values this afternoon will range from
20 to 30 percent. Wind gusts should be generally 15 mph or less
today, which would limit the potential for rapid spread of any
wildfires that develop on flatter terrain.

The greatest threat for more rapid spread today will be on the
steeper, south-facing slopes of the ridges. These locations will
experience the greatest warming and drying of fuels and leaf
litter from the most direct sunshine and exposure to the southerly

Residents are urged to exercise caution if handling any potential
ignition sources, such as machinery, cigarettes, or matches. If
dry grasses and tree litter begin to burn, the fire will have the
potential to spread rapidly.

The threat for more rapid wildfire spread appears to increase on
Friday as the south to southwest breeze freshens by 5 to 10 mph.

For more information about wildfire danger and wildfire
prevention and education, please visit the Pennsylvania Department
of Conservation and Natural Resources website at

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