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Red flag warning issued in state

by The Indiana Gazette on April 06, 2013 10:59 AM

The National Weather Service Friday issued a “red flag warning” that conditions were favorable for grass, brush and woods fires across much of Pennsylvania.

Mike Fries, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service office near Pittsburgh, said the combination of dry fuel in fields and woods, low humidity and strong winds prompted the weather service to issue the warning for the majority of the state. The exceptions were the Erie and Philadelphia areas.

“Any fire that’s uncontrolled could spread quickly,” Fries said.

He added that outdoor fires were discouraged Friday, and anyone who did have an outdoor fire should make sure it was extinguished before leaving it.

According to Indiana County’s 911 emergency center, volunteer firefighters from Creekside responded to a brush fire at 2:27 p.m. Friday along Groft Road in Rayne Township.

The red flag warning expired at 9 p.m. Friday. Dry conditions and low humidity continue today, but winds are calmer, Fries said this morning.

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