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You might have heard The Hawk Morning Show mention that  we’re under a “red flag warning” and if you’re a racing fan, maybe you wondered: “Wait, what? There’s gonna be racing in the streets today?” No, no races are planned in the streets, but there is a chance for nasty fires if we’re not careful.

According to the National Weather Service, “A fire weather warning or red flag warning is issued when the combination of dry fuels and weather conditions support extreme fire danger. These products are written for land and fire managers to highlight the increased fire danger.” They go on to say, “A fire weather watch is issued up to 72 hours before the above conditions are expected to occur. A red flag warning is issued when the conditions above are expected to occur or are occurring within the next 24 hours.”

In other words, conditions are right so that during “fire weather” or a “red flag warning” we all need to be extra careful because a simple spark could lead to a major wildfire. You should be extra careful not to toss a lit cigarettes on the ground and use caution if you’re planning to cook outdoors on a grill or other open flame.

A red flag warning is in effect for Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Otsego and Sullivan Counties in New York and Susquehanna and Wayne Counties in Pennsylvania from 11am to 8pm today.

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