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High threat for wild fires across the mountains

The dry, sunny weather today makes for a pretty afternoon but also risky conditions during fire season.

A red flag warning is in effect for most of eastern Kentucky meaning there is a high threat for wild fires.

People in the 33 eastern Kentucky counties that are underneath the red flag warning are being asked not to start any fires well into the evening.

It is only the second one issued this season.

"This time of year the sun is a lot stronger than it is in the winter time, so as that air mass gets heated, if we don't have any moisture added to it, the heating of the air tends to dry it out," said Hal Klingenberg, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Jackson.

Higher wind speeds coupled with dry air are what officials say is dangerous this time of year.

"It doesn't take very much wind to dry the leaves out on the forest bed," said Sam Stacy, the Hazard Fire Chief.

To avoid fires that could easily get out of control, people are being asked to refrain from burning anything outside while the warning is still in effect.

With it being fire season and many warnings have been issued throughout the region, even a small cigarette butt could cause a wooded area to go up in flames.

"One of the problems that happens when they start burning is they don't take into consideration the speed of the winds and stuff like that. It can get away from them in no time," said Chief Stacy.

Both fire and weather officials are working to insure the safety of everyone across the country.

Officials say even after the warning expires we are not out of the woods yet for potential wild fires.

The red flag warning will continue until seven o'clock this evening.

Officials say you can expect warnings like this until the end of this month.


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