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Beware of 'dangerous' wild brush fires in WNY Monday, weather service warns

First and foremost, there's already a burn ban in effect across New York State until at least May 16. That means no open burning statewide.

It's a law that's especially important to follow today.

That's because warm, windy and dry conditions could combine to spawn some wild brush fires across upstate New York, including in the Buffalo Niagara region today, according to the National Weather Service.

It's why the weather service issued a rare red flag warning for the region starting at noon today and expiring at 7 p.m.

"It doesn't happen that often," said Aaron Reynolds, meteorologist at the weather service. "The conditions are all there."

"We haven't had rain in a little while, and we'll have the wind and low relative humidity."

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Southwest winds gusting up to 35 mph combined with temperatures in the upper 70s and even lower 80s away from the lake shore will combine with extremely low relative humidity levels of 25-30 percent away from the immediate lake shore to make conditions ripe for fire, according to the weather service warning.

"Forest and grass fuels are very dry and the combination of low humidity and gusty winds may result in dangerous fire behavior," the statement from the weather service said. "Any fires that do occur could spread quickly, burn intensely and be difficult to contain."

Reynolds advises residents heed the state's burn ban.

The location of any wild fires that are spotted should be reported to authorities immediately by calling 911.

The red flag warning runs from noon to 7 p.m. today, according to the National Weather Service.

The red flag warning runs from noon to 7 p.m. today, according to the National Weather Service.

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