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Wind, dry conditions heighten chances for WNY wildfires today

The state's outdoor burn ban remains in the effect until May 14.

The National Weather Service reports there's extra danger for wildfires today across Western New York for those who disregard that law.

The weather service posted a rare red flag warning for the Buffalo Niagara region through 8 p.m. tonight.

"The potential exists for rapid development and spread of wildfires and for prescribed burns to get out of control," the weather service said. "Outdoor burning is not recommended."

The weather service posted the warning for all of the counties in Western New York.

Southwest winds gusting up to 50 mph with relative humidity as low as 24 percent heightens the threat for wildfires, forecasters said.

"A red flag warning means that dangerous fire weather conditions are expected due to the combination of gusty winds, low relative humidities and dry fuels," the weather service said. "Any fires that develop may quickly get out of control and become difficult to contain."

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